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Cyber Psychology: Social Network Sites OER

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OER (Open Educational Resources)

Open Educational Resources or OERs are freely accessible resources such as textbooks, lecture slides or videos. This benefits teachers and students alike as it means that the resources are accessible anywhere, to anyone, for free. They reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions (UNESCO, 2019). Take a look at some of these resources below, in relation to SNS addiction.

What happens to your brain when you mindlessly scroll? Asap Science

Constant scrolling alters your brain neurology. So what would happen your brain and your body after quitting your phone?


Person-specific media effects

Media and communication have become ubiquitous in today's societies and affect all aspects of life. On an individual level, they impact how we learn about the world, how we entertain ourselves, and how we interact with others. At the societal level, media and communication are crucial for shaping public opinion on current issues such as climate change, sustainability, diversity, and well-being. Media challenges are widespread and include mis- and disinformation, the negative impact of algorithms on our information diets, challenges to our privacy, cyberbullying, media addiction, and unwanted persuasion, among many others. All this makes the study of media and communication crucial. This book provides a broad overview of the ways in which people create, use, and experience their media environment, and the role of media and communication for individuals, organisations, and society. 

Why your phone is making you sad - Asap Science

Phone addiction is real, and researchers are becoming more concerned with what it is doing to our brains and bodies. This video explains the up to date research on what creates phone addiction, how to tell if you are clinically addicted to your phone and the top three scientific tips for decreasing phone use.

Additional resources

Technology Addiction

This lesson starts by having students take a technology addiction quiz followed by a video titled Is Technology Addiction As Dangerous As Drug & Alcohol Addiction For Teens?The lesson wraps up by diving a litle deeper into Common Sense Media's Technology Addiction Research Brief and giving students the chance to expand on some of the suggestions of developing a more balanced digital lifestyle.


Social Networking Sites, Depression, and Anxiety: A Systematic Review

Social networking sites (SNSs) have become a pervasive part of modern culture, which may also affect mental health. The aim of this systematic review was to identify and summarize research examining depression and anxiety in the context of SNSs. It also aimed to identify studies that complement the assessment of mental illness with measures of well-being and examine moderators and mediators that add to the complexity of this environment.

TED talks: A Fast Solution to our Social Media Addiction

Let's admit it: we, as a society, are addicted to social media. In fact, according to the Pew Research Center, 74% of the 240 million Facebook users check their social media accounts on a daily basis. This social media addiction can have tangible, negative effects in our lives. As a senior in high school, Christa Westheimer experienced the negative effects of social media addiction firsthand. In an effort to create proactive changes in her own life, Christa decided to find ways to become less reliant on her peers, likes, and device. In doing so, she uncovered a one-step solution that has changed the way that she has used social media for the better. Now, she is confident that her social media usage can allow her to make real, positive changes in her surrounding community… and she believes that everyone can make the exact same change in their own lives in order to encounter similar results