Discovering the Psychology of Social Media
- 1 hour on-demand video
- 19 articles
- Full lifetime access
- Access on mobile and TV
- Certificate of Completion
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- Understand The Six Most Important Psychological Concepts For Understanding Social Media
- How to Apply These Concepts To Your Own Life On Social Media
- Start Taking Back Control Of Your Psychology From Social Media!
- no skills required
- expected that you are familiar with social media
- must have an interest in human psychology
Hi, my name is Dr Ciarán Mc Mahon and I am the author of The Psychology of Social Media.
In this course you're going to learn the Six Most Important Psychological Concepts for Understanding Social Media. These are:
threat of invisibility
What you will learn here will help you understand how your friends and family behave online. Having taken this course, not only will you better understand your relationships with them, and social media phenomena generally. But more importantly, you will also better understand your own relationship to social media - and your self.
- anyone who’s ever been online
- students of psychology, at any level
- people who work with social media like journalists, marketers, influencers
- parents, teachers and educators
Welcome to Discovering the Psychology of Social Media!
In this short video, I explain what this course is about and what you will learn.
Gives historical and social background to social media
Describes scientific methods for studying social media
Outlines the state of social media across the world today
Sets the scene by describing how we connect with people on social media.
The first thing you do when you log on to a new social media site (after creating your profile of course) is to connect with other people. At first you probably connect with all the people you know there – friends, family, work colleagues and so on – but then you probably add some people you don’t really know very well at all. So what is the point in connecting with people you don’t know? What do we get from connecting with strangers? And on the flipside, what is the point in connecting online with people we already know very well?
So what we’re talking about here is how we psychologically benefit from social media connections, whether from people we know very well, or people we don’t – and how this can vary from one social media service to the next.
Sets the scene by describing how we manage our selves on social media
Sets the scene by describing how we experience our selves on social media
Sets the scene by describing how we communicate on social media
Sets the scene by describing how we are present on social media
Sets the scene by describing how we get involved in social media newsfeeds