Category Archives: Social Media

Twitter Addiction: Fact or Fiction?

Any quick internet search will bring up a variety of studies suggesting that using Twitter, and other social media, can become addictive. Indeed, one study earlier this year argued it is more difficult to resist than tobacco or alcohol. (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/news/9054243/Facebook-and-Twitter-more-addictive-than-tobacco-and-alcohol.html) So can … Continue reading

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I Tweet therefore I am? Twitter, Self and Identity

Understanding ourselves has always been fundamental to human nature. Indeed, many fields of psychology focus on understanding how we form the sense of ‘I’ or ‘Me’, something that is essentially encapsulated in two concepts: self and identity. The notion of … Continue reading

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Tweeting Police and Fear of Crime: Further update and questions answered.

Many thanks to everyone, both police and public, who have helped in publicising this research – it is all much appreciated. Your assistance has meant that the word is slowly getting out about this, and support for the project is … Continue reading

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Did we evolve to Tweet? The evolutionary basis of social networking.

 In one of my previous posts I explained why the human brain and Twitter are so well matched. The limits that our brain has to work within in terms of its’ processing power mean that it ‘likes’ information in brief … Continue reading

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Why our brains love Twitter: Cognition, Heuristics and Social Media

The human brain is undoubtedly an amazing thing. It is capable of organising and processing the almost constant streams of sensory data with which it is faced, whilst simultaneously controlling and maintaining the many functions that our body needs to … Continue reading

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