Special Issue "Fear of a Digital Planet: Exploring the Anxieties of Computer-Mediated Cultures"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601). This special issue belongs to the section "Digital Health".
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 June 2022 | Viewed by 6150
Interests: family communication; health communication; interpersonal communication; popular culture; qualitative inquiry; relational communication; sexual communication; sexual identities; social media
The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health seeks articles and reviews for a Special Issue examining the many topics that lend themselves to ongoing anxieties about a predominantly digital, computer-mediated culture. Articles will be accepted now through 31 July 2021 and published online as part of the Special Issue as they are accepted.
This Special Issue will celebrate methodological and theoretical plurality, with the primary goal being to publish an excellent collection of research and theory that advances thinking about topics related to the dark side of computer-mediated communication and digital engagement.
To that end, the editor will accept manuscripts featuring scientific and social scientific research using quantitative and/or qualitative research methods; critique-oriented methods such as rhetorical, cultural, or media criticism; and scholarship that is highly creative, especially as it advances theory. The goal is to feature not only scholarship that generates empirical findings but also work that advances thinking regarding the benefits and threats that social media and other forms of digitally-mediated communication create for individuals, relationships, organizations, and cultures.
Contributions from all disciplinary backgrounds are welcome, including from scholars in disciplines such as public health, psychology, communication studies, sociology, gender and sexuality studies, anthropology, computer science, information studies, medicine, environmental studies, journalism and media studies, business, management and professional studies, counseling, nursing, race/ethnic studies, economics, and political science, among others.
Possible topics or directions for the Special Issue can include the following:
- Health issues: social media impact on brain and behavior, sleep issues, connections between social media and lack of physical activity, health misinformation online, overreliance on technology in healthcare, social media links to suicide and body shame, etc.
- Social media impact on mental health: addiction, sadness, lowered sense of wellbeing, unhealthy comparison to others, jealousy, fear of missing out, lack of work–life balance, etc.
- Problematic relational behaviors: ghosting, catfishing, sexting, bullying, ignoring friends or family in favor of digital devices, etc.
- Sexual aspects of digital media: pornography, sex trafficking, consent, sexual desensitization, etc.
- Privacy issues: exposure of private information or images, corporate ownership of personal data, employer rules/expectations for social media use and behaviors, pressure to put personal information online, etc.
- Threats to democracy: economic impacts on communities and cultures, fake news, disinformation, conflict, lack of paper trails, digital erasure, social media as political tool, etc.
- Issues of literacy, access, and development: digital divides, increased expectations regarding computer devices for school or work, digital devices as social status, interaction with artificial intelligence, online hoaxes, phishing, etc.
- Theoretical approaches: scholarly responses to films such as The Social Dilemma or The Social Network or cultural criticism of laws, policies, events, actions, and/or prominent figures or organizations
- Original theorizing about social media, especially essays that encourage nuance and balance when it comes to conceptualizing social media as bad or good, healthy or unhealthy.
Prof. Dr. Jimmie Manning
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is an international peer-reviewed open access semimonthly journal published by MDPI.
Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2500 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- misinformation and disinformation
- mental health
- social media literacy
- health informatics
- online interaction
- computer-mediated communication
The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.
Title: Personal Social Media Content, Organizational Online Surveillance, and the Job Search: Differences in College Student Beliefs and Reports of Hiring Professionals
Authors: Jimmie Manning; et al.
Affiliation: Department of Communication, School of Social Research & Justice Studies, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557, United States
Abstract: This study examines interpretive qualitative analysis of data from 67 U.S. college students in comparison to separate analysis derived from data collected from 13 interviews with U.S. human resources professionals. Typology development, completed in conjunction with an interpersonal panopticism theoretical framework, indicates how several attitudes of young adults who are graduating college compare and contrast with the views of college professionals. Discussion examines practical advice for both those on the job market and employers as well as general online surveillance behavior.