Research Paper: Internet Psychology Introduction and Theory

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[. . .] Survey questions were about familiarity with Facebook, and potential barriers to use.

Conclusions of the Research

The majority of survey participants indicated some familiarity with social networking, with the majority (59.6%) also using Facebook on a daily basis. Forty percent of the participants did not use Facebook. The persons who did not use Facebook had various reasons for their avoidance of the social media website. Barriers included fears about security and also cognitive impairment. Many also mentioned a preference for in-person communications. The authors conclude that hands-on, direct training on how to use Facebook could help persons with traumatic brain injury overcome barriers to use. It was found that almost all participants who did not yet use Facebook are curious or interested in using the social networking site. Age and gender were not factors that impacted either usage or interest in using Facebook.

Conclusion: Relationship to Class Discussions

Because the research is concerned with the way behavioral change impacts changes in perception and cognition, the theoretical standpoint is clearly one of cognitive psychology and cognitive-behavioral psychology. However, there are other aspects of this research that connect with what we have discussed in class. Traumatic brain injury touches on neurobiology and related areas of psychological research. Related areas of research could be rooted in neurobiology. For example, a follow-up study might track the brain functions of participants to see if using Facebook actually altered neurochemistry or neurobiology. Perhaps increased social interactions have an effect on the brain. Another area of research could be cross-cultural psychology. The authors did not find any significant difference based on age or gender, but they do not mention what role culture or ethnicity plays either in prognosis for traumatic brain injury or social media attitudes. It is suggested, though, that the current research is biased because the surveys were conducted online. This means that the participants were already using the Internet regularly. Future research needs to have a broader sample population, including people who are not online because of lack of access or personal choice. This research also addresses social psychology. Facebook is a social media tool that allows individuals to connect with others online. Thus, Facebook is ideal for persons with social anxiety and other disorders. The research is limited, but has great potential for helping scientists understand the potential of social media.


Tsaousides, T., Matsuzawa, Y. & Lebowitz, M. (2011). Familiarity and prevalence of Facebook use for social networking among individuals with traumatic brain… [END OF PREVIEW]

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Internet Psychology Introduction and Theory.  (2013, November 7).  Retrieved December 8, 2019, from

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"Internet Psychology Introduction and Theory."  7 November 2013.  Web.  8 December 2019. <>.

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"Internet Psychology Introduction and Theory."  November 7, 2013.  Accessed December 8, 2019.