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Handbook of Social Media Use Online Relationships, Security, Privacy, and Society Volume 2. Volume 2

  • Book

  • December 2023
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
  • ID: 5894868

Handbook of Social Media Use: Online Relationships, Security, Privacy, and Society explores the determinants of social media use in individuals. This book investigates the ways in which individuals use social media to engage with their social world. This multi-contributed book also discusses the challenges and individual and social risks that may arise from social media, including addiction. Social media platforms provide us with opportunities to engage in our social worlds in ways that are unprecedented. Social media enhances and transforms how we interact with our social world, both online and offline. With this increase in available individual information and interconnectedness, new avenues for the exploitation and influences of individuals are discovered, hence this book is an ideal resource on the topics covered.

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Table of Contents

1. Individual differences
2. Privacy and Security
3. Relationships
4. Challenges
5. Individual and society


John McAlaney Associate Professor of Psychology, Bournemouth University, UK. John McAlaney is a Chartered Psychologist, Chartered Scientist and Associate Professor of Psychology at Bournemouth University. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Stirling, his MSc at the University of Strathclyde and then his PhD at the University of West of Scotland in 2007. Dr. McAlaney's PhD was on the topic of social psychology and substance use, looking particularly at misperceptions of peer norms. Following this he worked on an AERC funded post-doc position at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine before moving onto a lecturing post at the University of Bradford in 2008. He joined the Department of Psychology at Bournemouth University in 2014. Since joining Bournemouth he has collaborated extensively with colleagues in the Department of Computing and Informatics to explore psychological factors of cyber security, including participation in hacking and hacktivism, group dynamics in cyber security actors and decision making processes in relation to phishing emails and other mediums. As part of this work he collaborates extensively with government, military and commercial organisations. In 2018 he led the authorship of the British Psychological Society's briefing paper on the role of psychology in informing cybersecurity practices.