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A presentation I gave at Cascadia Community College on December 9, 2009.

A presentation I gave at Cascadia Community College on December 9, 2009.


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  • 1. AN EXPLORATION OF SOCIAL NETWORKS: THE GOOD, THE NEUTRAL & THE BAD OF VIRTUAL REALITY REALMS Anna DiNoto December 9, 2009
  • 2. So, who am I?
    • Full-time graduate student pursuing my Psy.D. and M.A. in Clinical Psychology (@ Argosy University)
    • Practicum Student at:
      • reSTART: Internet Addiction Recovery Program
      • Internet/Computer Addiction Services
    • Molding my graduate degree to fit my interest:
      • Media Psychology
    • I am an avid gamer, social networker and love, Love, LOVE new technology!
  • 3. Outline
    • Social Networking
      • Definitions
      • The Good
      • The Neutral
      • The Bad
    • Critical Thinking Piece
    • Implications
    • Personal Thoughts
    • Question Time!
  • 4. What is Social Networking
      • A social networking service that is a shared structure which focuses on building online communities of individuals that share interests and/or activities who seek to gain and explore the interests and activities of others (Boyd, 2007).
      • So, what does it entail?
        • Blogging, posting pictures, commenting on profiles, emailing, self-presentation by making “your space your own”, posting information about yourself, sharing links with others, uploading various kinds of information, IMing, microblogging, Skyping, reading news feeds, and the list goes on…
  • 5. The Good
      • Everyday social practices (Boyd, 2007)
      • Social & Emotional well being (Valkenburg, Peter, & Schouten, 2006)
      • Meeting social and personal gratifications & needs (Raacke &Bonds-Raacke, 2008)
      • Job search (Kibbe, 2009)
      • Cyberschooling (Barbour & Plough, 2009; Zimmerman, 2006)
      • Medical doctors (Messina, 2009)
  • 6. The Neutral
      • Social networks provide four face-to-face properties which fundamentally alter social dynamics (Boyd, 2007):
        • Persistence
        • Searchability
        • Exact Copyability/Replicability
        • Invisible Audiences
  • 7. The Bad
    • Limbic Resonance (Peters, 2008)
      • Play and social gatherings (Boyd, in press)
    • Mirror Neurons (Wolfe, Gales, Shane, & Shane, 2001)
    • There are four primary, contemporary notions about online safety which should be noted (Shrock & Boyd, 2008; Boyd & Marwick, 2009)
      • Harassment (Hinduja & Patchin, 2009)
      • Exposure to inappropriate content (Wolak et al., 2006; Wolak et al., 2007; Ybarra & Mitchell, 2005; Pardun et al., 2005)
      • Youth-generated problematic content (Shrock & Boyd, 2008; Boyd & Marwick, 2009)
      • Sexual solicitation (Wolak et al., 2006; Wolak et al., 2008; Boyd & Marwick, 2009)
  • 8. Critical Thinking
    • The First Amendment
      • Our freedom of expression 
      • Example: China’s rules vs. America’s
  • 9. Implications
      • Pathological Technology Use (a less pathologizing word, in my opinion, to use in place of addiction)
        • What does this include?
    • Abstinence vs. Moderation Management?
    • Therapy, from my perspective…
        • Meeting the client where they are at
  • 10. Personal Thoughts
      • “ Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral” (Kranzberg 1986: 454-548)
      • Too much of one thing, is never good!
      • The wise words of my professors…
        • “ It is your job to tease apart all the hypothesis and theories you research and come across, and find your place in the data and make it your own by establishing your very own stances and opinions on issues, to support or refute by in everyday life”
    • Overall, I personally love technology and I enjoy researching its uses and what deleterious findings have been purported. I advocate its use through moderation management and I encourage mindfulness in all people do- online or offline.
  • 11. Questions? My email: argosystudent@gmail.com