Cyberpsychology

Cyberpsychology is another emerging field under the media psychology umbrella and includes five major areas, including online behavior and personality; social media use and psychological functioning; games and gaming; telepsychology; and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, and applications.

Humane AI Needs (A Lot) More Than Our Babysitting

Recently, an article suggesting AI algorithms would greatly benefit from, essentially, more "babysitting," got me thinking. While true that AI technologies as a whole could and would benefit from closer monitoring and scrutiny, is a call for more "AI babysitting" enough? While the author calling for an increase in AI-babysitting voices valid concerns, perhaps the babysitting metaphor, I believe, oversimplifies the more complicated nature of the human:machine collaboration challenges we face.

3 Reimagined Ways I Wish Twitter’s Bookmarks Could Work (and Look!)

On any given day, I’ll bookmark at least 3–5 Tweets for varying reasons. Sometimes it’s because there’s a link to content that’s relevant to something I’m researching. Other times, it’s because people on Twitter are so damned witty and endlessly entertaining. Inevitably, I always end up bumping into a handful of Tweets worth saving so I’m super grateful to have the ability to bookmark them for a rainy day. Twitter is a real-time environment so the newsfeed updates every time you blink, just ab

5 Positive Psychology Elements of Facebook’s Interfaces and Platform Infrastructures

Explosive social media usage growth means that billions of people throughout the globe regularly frequent social media sites to connect with friends, peers, and family many times over throughout the course of a given day. As social media users log in and out of their social apps and sites, they are generally oblivious to the positive psychology-influenced elements purposefully weaved into the interface designs of their profiles, dashboards, and always-updating news feeds. To demonstrate this p

Disaster Resilience: Emergent Use of Social Media and Its Effect on Citizens’ Self-Resilience During and After a Disaster

Resilience in human development, a subset of positive psychology, draws attention on understanding human potential by examining how “human adaptive systems intersect with individual differences and environmental contexts to overcome adversity” (Gregory & Rutledge, 2016, p. 99). This post spotlights how highly resilient citizens leverage social media technologies before, during, and after a traumatic event to gather and disseminate information, problem-solve, and more.

Mindfulness: Its Relation to Psychology, Empathy, and Technology

While the practice of mindfulness has grown wildly popular, there are those who believe mindfulness and its claimed benefits have been over-hyped. These detractors question how mindfulness meditation influences health. They also believe much remains unclear about what exactly mindfulness does to the human brain or to what extent it helps people suffering from physical and mental challenges (Lieberman, 2018). I posit that before we can delve more deeply into such conversations, it’s imperative to first explore if mindfulness is even related to the field of psychology. This writing briefly spells out some findings that align mindfulness’s foundations with human psychology, spotlights its correlations to empathy, and highlights relevant mindfulness technology observations.
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