If you can not live without IPerson a Mac, a Facebook addict, or a player, you know that social media and technology to tell about his personality and thought processes. Scientists and even psychological – have begun to examine how new media and devices to both disclose and alter our mental states.
Two recent articles in the journal Psychological Science Perspectives on, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, examines how trends change in technology, the questions that scientists psychological appeal and the manner in which they requested.
Review of research in the social sciences Smartphones and Facebook
The Facebook is preparing to sell shares on Wall Street for the first time next week, investors are not the only ones a piece of this huge social media want. Social scientists have discovered Facebook and its users from 800 million more in a gold mine of data about people, social relations, and many researchers have incorporated into their research programs. Scientists psychologist Robert E. Wilson, Samuel T. Gosling and Lindsay Graham T. gathered all social science studies with Facebook and looked at the kinds of questions do researchers.
The general trends in research show that people are drawn to Facebook because they can maintain contact with the two close friends and distant friends in a relaxed manner. The researchers also found that Facebook users tend to describe accurately their profiles, allowing to evaluate the profiles of Facebook is an excellent source for employers, candidates and companies to find new customers for your products. Companies that use Facebook, decide to collect information, but should be careful, because studies have shown that Facebook users increasingly concerned with the issue of privacy over time. Scientists must also assess the privacy issues in the design of their studies of Facebook, but Wilson and his colleagues believe that the value must overcome the data from Facebook as a scientific challenges collected be to get it.
The manifesto of Psychology Smartphones and Facebook
Smartphones are getting cheaper, but its psychological value of scientist is priceless. Because people are constantly on one of the biggest challenges for researchers to collect data in real time on the daily lives of the environment. Of course, scenarios can be simulated in the laboratory, but a psychological scientist Geoffrey Miller wonders why scientists should rely on simulations, if they could harness the power of the smartphone in place?
One of the advantages of smart phones is that people, almost all of which tend to go. The sensors of the smart phones can also be a wealth of information about the user’s location, even if a person moves, how they move, and when a person close to other smartphone users. Using Applications “Psych” that allows users to download their phone, Miller suggests that the scientists would be able to get a more accurate representation of the environment, how they affect behavior. An application is already in use “Mappiness”, which combines its location, the amount of ambient noise and mood to find out how the environment affects their mood. Miller also predicts that smartphones could eventually placed to other things, how to detect temperature, radiation and pollution.
There are drawbacks to the smartphone research, including the limited battery life for smartphones, which have for various phone models account, and the fact that the focus on smart phones allow only researchers to study people who could afford them ( ie young, well to do with people). However, Miller believes it is a question whether there is a revolution in research on psychological science be intelligent, is a question that will happen when the revolution.