Title Social Media & Mental Health
Subtitle Depression, Predators, and Personality Disorders
Author Michael Arntfield, Joan Swart
ISBN 9781516518005
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 310
Book size 153 x 229 mm
Publishing year 2019
Original publisher Cognella Academic Publishing (Eurospan Group)
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Social Media and Mental Health: Depression, Predators, and Personality Disorders presents case studies and guidelines to help policymakers, parents, educators, and criminal justice experts better understand the negative effects of social media on mental health. The book examines the direct correlations between technology and the onset of significant personality and mood disorders, criminal violence, and other dysfunctional behavior, particularly in American youth.

The text addresses cyberbullying, suicide, and the cycle of abuse; Internet addiction and its relation to impaired psychosocial functioning; and the narcissistic tendencies that individuals can develop as a result of too much screen time, including attention-seeking behavior, constant self-promotion, and feelings of entitlement. Chapters are dedicated to the adverse effects of social media on dating and romantic relationships, the concept of online “friends”, and the dangerous fantasies that individuals can foster online. The book closes with a timely chapter about radicalization, terrorism, and new media.

Scientifically rigorous in nature, Social Media and Mental Health is also an ideal textbook for college-level courses in forensic psychology, social work, juvenile crime, and communications. It can also be used as a guide for educators, employers, and administrators, including law enforcement or corrections officials who work with schools, youth groups, and at-risk populations.




Introduction: (Anti) Social Media

Chapter 1. Cyberbullying, Suicide, and the Cycle of Abuse: How Victims Become Bullies • Background—Perils of the Internet • Social Media and Suicide • A Case Illustration of Cyberbullying and Teen Suicide • Teen Depression and Suicide by the Numbers • Expressions of Depression and Suicidal • Ideation on Social Media • The Link Between Social Media and Suicidal Behavior • Cyberbullying and The Influence on Victim Psychology • The Prevalence of Cyberbullying Among Children and Adolescents • Links Between Cyberbullying and Childhood Conditions • Emotional and Behavioral Impact of Cyberbullying Among Victims and Bully-Victims • Psychological Profiles of Victims of Cyberbullying • Personality Profiles of Cyberbullying Victims • Psychosocial Risk Factors of Cyberbullying Victims • Clusters of Victims • The Transactional Games Cyberbullies and Their Victims Play • Practical Interventions for the Prevention and Treatment of Cyberbully Victims • Final Words • Notes

Chapter 2. Dependency, Despondency, & Depression: Internet Addiction and Impaired Psychosocial Functioning • Background—Cyber Immersion: When the Internet Doesn’t Let Go • Internet Addiction • Depression and Online Identity Disorder • Online Psychopathy and Toxicity • Two Types of Internet Addicts • Emotional Intelligence and Metacognition • Sensation Seeking and Excitability • Insomnia, Alpha Waves, and Sleep Disturbances • Parental Attachment • Social Psychology Dynamics • Peer Pressure • Social Comparison • Context Collapse • The Fishbowl Effect • Us Versus Them: The Great Divider • Social Polarization • Cyberbalkanization • The Post-Truth Era • Filter Bubbles and Shadow Banning • Final Words • Notes

Chapter 3. The New Narcissism: Entitlement, Attention Seeking, and Cyber Self-Promotion • Background—The Age of Superficiality • A Brief History of Narcissistic Personality Disorder • Etymology • Diagnostic Considerations • Relevant Subtypes and Their Social Implications • The FOMO Factor • The Social Media-Narcissism Nexus • Going Viral: Metcalfe’s Law, False Flags, and Interpersonal • Exploitation • Digital Comorbidities • Selfies and Histrionic Personality Disorder • Hashtags and Borderline Personality Disorder • Train Wrecks: When Reality TV and Social Media Collide • Final Words • Notes

Chapter 4: Generation Sext: Revenge Porn, Courtship Disorders, and Paraphilias • Background—The Cyber Sex Offender • Pornography, Social Media, and Body Image • The Ubiquity of Pornography • Online Porn as Paraphilia • Social Physique Anxiety • Intimate Images and Narrative Psychology • Risk Rationalization • Revenge Porn • Digital Exhibitionism • Online Grooming and Catfishing • Rise of the Super-Stalker: Intimate Images and Obsession • Sexting and Didactic Pornography • Courtship Disorders and Super-Stalkers • Final Words • Notes

Chapter 5. efidelity: Online “Friends,” Malignant Jealousy, and Domestic Violence • Background—When the Internet Fuels Domestic Abuse • Characteristics and Processes of Domestic Abuse • Prevalence of Domestic Abuse and Violence • Cycle of Abuse • Tension-Building Phase • Acute Abusive Incident • Reactive Aggression • Displacement • Psychological Projection • Proactive Aggression • Reactive and Proactive Aggression on the Internet • Loving-Contrition Phase • Learned Helplessness • Precursors and Risk Factors of Domestic Abuse • Factors Contributing to Domestic Abuse • Victim Characteristics • Relationship Factors • Community and Societal Factors • Risk of Physical and Lethal Violence • Typology of Domestic Abuse Perpetrators • Family-Only Abusers • Dysphoric or Borderline Abusers • Generally Violent and Anti-Social Abusers • Narcissistic Subtype • Psychopathic Subtype • The Murder of Lisa Harnum • The Influence of Social Media Networking on Domestic Abuse • Social Networking, Paranoia, Surveillance, and Control • Social Media as a New Stage for Voyeurism and Exhibitionism • A Source of Narcissistic Supply • A 21st-Century Bystander Effect • Social Media Stalking and Exhibitionism • Social Media and the Normalization of Domestic Abuse • “Facebook Murders” • Coercive Control as a Criminal Offense • Final Words • Notes

Chapter 6. Dangerous Dreams: Online Fantasies and Disordered Eroticism • Background—Sex, Violence, and Social Media • Anatomy of an Online Predator • Digital Deviance • Gateway Behaviors • Preparatory vs Attack Paraphilias • Expanded Discussion and Forensic Applications • The Arntfield-Swart Paraphilic Continuum (ASPC) • The Entropy Factor • Risk Factors and Prognosis • Victimology • Category 1: The Young • Category 2: The Female • Category 3: The Old • Category 4: The Mentally Defective • Category 5: Immigrants • Category 6: Minorities • Category 7: Dull Normals • Category 8: The Depressed • Category 9: The Acquisitive • Category 10: The Wanton • Category 11: The Lonesome and Heartbroken • Category 12: The Tormentors • Category 13: The Blocked • Cyber Victimology • Victim-Specific Reasons • Offender-Specific Reasons • Context-Specific Reasons • Vandalized Love Maps • Final Words • Notes

Chapter 7. The Depths Of Despair Radicalization, Terrorism, and New Media • Background—Terrorists in Cyberspace • Definitions of Extremism and Terrorism • Terrorist Activities on the Internet • Waves of Terrorism • The First Wave: Anarchist • The Second Wave: Anti-Colonial • The Third Wave: The New Left • The Fourth Wave: Religious Terror • The Psychology of Leaders and Followers • Lone Wolves and Online Allurements • Case Study: Abu Mansoor al-Amriki • Radicalization and Recruitment • Online Radicalization • The Islamic State and Social Media • Al-Qaeda and Social Media • Troll Farms and Sock Puppets • Societal Changes, Functional Integration, and Mental Health Care • Final Words • Notes

Concluding Thoughts


About the Authors:

Dr. Michael Arntfield is a leading global authority on the study and investigation of criminal offenders and their relationship with technology. He is an award-winning professor at Western University in Canada, a regular commentator on crime, and the author of numerous titles in the field of criminology.

Dr. Joan Swart is a consulting forensic psychologist and lecturer in cognitive and behavioral theories at the Eisner Institute. She specializes in criminal psychology and behavioral analysis and serves on the Behavioral Science Consulting Committee of the American Investigative Society of Cold Cases.

Target Audience:

This book is an ideal textbook for college-level courses in forensic psychology, social work, juvenile crime, and communications. It can also be used as a guide for educators, employers, and administrators, including law enforcement or corrections officials who work with schools, youth groups, and at-risk populations.


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