1st Edition

The Social Media Debate Unpacking the Social, Psychological, and Cultural Effects of Social Media

Edited By Devan Rosen Copyright 2022
    248 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    248 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This accessible, student-friendly book provides a concise overview of the primary debates surrounding the impact and effects of social media.

    From Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to Snapchat and TikTok, social media has become part of our everyday experience. However, its proliferation has brought a myriad of serious concerns about the long-term effects of social media on socializing and personal relationships and the impact on well-being and mental health (particularly in relation to children and adolescents), as well as issues linked to information and culture (such as privacy, misinformation, and manipulation). Featuring contributions by leading international scholars and established authorities such as Christian Fuchs, Henry Jenkins, Michael A. Stefanone, and Joan Donovan, editor Devan Rosen brings together key contemporary research from multiple disciplines in order to provide crucial insight into these debates.

    This book will be an important resource for students and scholars of media and communication, as well as educators, parents, policy makers, and clinicians interested in the impacts of social media.

    1 Introduction: The Rise of a New Media Paradigm

    Devan Rosen

    2 Social Media as Social Infrastructures

    Sarah Myers West

    3 Contemporary Social Capital: Relationships Versus Awareness

    Michael A. Stefanone & Jessica Covert

    4 Don't be Antisocial: The Politics of the 'Anti-social' in 'Social' Media

    Elinor Carmi

    5 Social Media, Alienation, and the Public Sphere

    Christian Fuchs

    6 Social Media Content Moderation: The Best-Kept Secret in Tech

    Ysabel Gerrard

    7 Make it Trend! Setting Right Wing Media Agendas Using Twitter Hashtags

    Gabrielle Lim, Alexei Abrahams, and Joan Donovan

    8 Mis/Disinformation in Social Media

    Melissa Zimdars

    9 Locating Social Media in Black Digital Studies

    Francesca Sobande

    10 An Overview of Social Media and Mental Health

    Sarah Coyne, Emily Schvaneveldt, and Jane Shawcroft

    11 Child and Adolescent Social Media use and Mental Health: A Personal Social Media use Framework

    Drew P. Cingel, Michael C. Carter, and Lauren B. Taylor

    12 There is No Easy Answer: How the Interaction of Content, Situation, and Person Shapes

    the Effect of Social Media use on Well-being

    Philipp K. Masur, Jolanda Veldhuis, and Nadia Bij de Vaate

    13 What Does God Need With a Starship?: A Conversation about Politics, Participation, and Social Media

    Nico Carpentier & Henry Jenkins

    14 Conclusions: Together We Ascend

    Devan Rosen


    Devan Rosen is Professor of Emerging Media in the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. His research focuses on the social uses of new media, social network analysis, and distributed socio-technical systems. He has developed social and semantic network-analytic theories and methods for the analysis of dynamic social networks in online environments. His research on decentralized self-organizing systems, Flock Theory, has been featured as the basis for several episodes of the hit CBS show NUMB3RS.