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The Psychology of Online Behavior

By: Nicola Fox Hamilton,The Great Courses
Narrated by: Nicola Fox Hamilton
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Publisher's Summary

The proliferation of social media platforms and our increasing reliance on the internet for connection and communication has caused the line between the “real” world and the online world to blur. So much of our lives can be impacted by online interactions—and not all those interactions are positive. Why does the internet seem to encourage bad behavior from some users? Why do we feel we need to share so much of our private lives with the online world? Is screen time really as addictive as the headlines say?  

In the 10 lectures of The Psychology of Online Behavior, you will join Dr. Nicola Fox Hamilton to look at the many ways our reliance on the internet has changed the way we interact with one another and has redrawn the boundaries of social life. You will explore the realms of online dating, gaming, and shopping, as well as examine the ways the internet allows for a variety of experiences, both positive and negative. As you dive into the nature of the virtual world, you will see how this technology has altered how we live in complex and ever-evolving ways. 

With the knowledge you will glean from these lectures, you will be able to make more informed decisions about what you share and what you consume online and develop a more thorough understanding of 21st-century communication. As you explore what research tells us about online life, from misinformation and cyberbullying to the psychological benefits of online communities, you may find that you reexamine your own relationship with the internet—and the people on the other side of your screen.

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About the Creator and Performer

Nicola Fox Hamilton is a lecturer in Cyberpsychology and Applied Psychology at the Institute of Art, Design, and Technology in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. She holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Wolverhampton. Dr. Fox Hamilton’s research focuses on communication through technology, particularly in the areas of online dating and relationships. She has published papers and book chapters on online dating, online consumer behavior, and cyberpsychology, and was founding secretary of the Psychological Society of Ireland's Special Interest Group for Media, Art and Cyberpsychology.

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Good content but very Liberal Biased

The content of this course was intriguing and informative. However, the author had such a left leaning liberal bias that it truly colored the content throughout the course. It would have been better had she attempted to remain neutral.

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Organizes What You Know

I wasn’t certain about this Great Courses text when I decided to read it. I spend a lot of time online and frankly, like most people, I figured I already knew most of what anyone could tell me about doing it. Nd that was true. Nothing in this book really surprised me. What Hamilton does is organize all of those things you and others do online and talk about the evidence for what is good and bad. Is it addictive? Are games bad for you? What about misinformation and disinformation? (That was especially interesting as one of her major examples of misinformation is now thought to be a credible theory, which also says something about online information dissemination.)

I thought the weakest part of the text was when Hamilton talked about the prevalence of conspiracy theories and seemed to indicate that this was a problem for the credulous, but the Great Courses has a text on conspiracies in which the author says that research shows that a huge proportion of the population (I think it was 90%) including every group in society) believe at least one conspiracy theory. Strangely for me, the best section was on online shopping—a chapter I almost skipped—where Hamilton detailed strategies to get people to rush their purchasing process and therefore buy things they might not really want. Overall, I am glad I read this one.

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Educational must read or listen

Written with both sides of positive & negative aspects & effects while explaining terminology & using real life examples. Very educational.

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What do you think we know what is true.

I feel like I have gained a better understanding of how we are bombarded with what is reality by the internet and how people interact with the online world.

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Stunningly knowledgeable

Super intriguing lecture on modern technology, great stat-based research with a warm voiced narrator. Truly a good time

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Enjoyable and very informative. An eye opening talk on the elements that shape our online world.

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disappointing

Disappointingly under researched on social issues. The lack of objectivity was obvious and Political bias was disappointing.

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Good info

Good information about internet psychology . Well researched. Well read. Highly recommend this book. The end.

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What could have been an interesting overview of the literature turned out to be political bias masquerading as science.

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overall quite good

the only thing she needs to really change is the pronunciation of Robert sheldony's name it's essentially pronounced c h a l d i n i

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  • 06-18-22

Real insights, expertly presented

This is a really excellent course, avoiding click-bait style misinformation and presenting a truly balanced view of this really interesting topic. It’s based on real research, not opinion, and provides lots of fascinating nuggets of information which helps to inform our own online habits, as well as giving us assorted facts about online behaviour to share with friends.

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  • Silke Van Der Snickt
  • 07-29-22

biased

I feel like she spent most of the time trying to convince listeners that social media and technology are better for society than the news etc tells us, even though everyone can see the negative effects with our own eyes (social media addiction, 6 year old children being bullied on tik tok or children being exposed to social media in general at a way too young age, etc)

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  • Paula
  • 06-02-22

Every chapter is amazing a must listen!

Thought it was so good every chapter makes you rethink how you view online behaviour having an 11 year old son as he spends more time online it was good to think about some of the positives he will and does experience. It now lit a spark and I want to learn more about cyber psychology. I’m now off to think about what kind of online shopper I really am!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-20-22

succinct, topical, informative.

Conveniently broken down into 20-30 minute "lectures" or chapters, clear, concise, interesting and enjoyable. Very topical and opens up new avenues of thought. Well done Nicola.

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  • Jason
  • 11-23-22

An incredibly good summary of what is really going

Too much is emoted about the evils of online behaviour, this book puts much of that in context and explains the cognitive biases that are really driving similarly rational people to behave like animals. It is difficult to think of anyone who would not benefit from reading this book.

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  • 09-14-22

I learnt so much about how studies are conducted!

Loved everything about this book, truly educational both situ and insitu experience from the narrator which made the data seem more interesting and trustworthy to me!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-22

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lecture based, wonderfully mind altering, would have liked to hear some credible evidence to statements being made

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  • Adrian
  • 08-20-22

Surprisingly negative half way through

I enjoyed the first half of this audiobook - it talked about all the ways the Internet has connected and enriched peoples lives.
But then half way through it got overly negative.
There are some strong viewpoints being presented as fact - not a balanced perspective.
I got sick of all the talk about d**k pics - I fail to understand why they kept bringing it up.
I felt like, as a man, the book was telling me off because some men send d**k pics.
I stopped listening when it was brought up for the third time.