From Smartphones to Social Media
How Technology Affects Our Brains and Behavior
by Mark Carrier
October 2018, 278pp, 7x10
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5178-0
$94, 79€, A135
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-5179-7
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The mere presence of a smartphone—even if it’s turned off—can negatively affect our psychological well-being and interactions with others.

This book examines how today’s technology, as it includes smartphones, computers, and the internet, shapes our physical health, cognitive and psychological development, and interactions with one another and the world around us.

Technology has become a ubiquitous part of modern life, but its impact on our physical, psychological, and social health and development runs just as deep as does our dependence upon it. How is the development of babies’ brains affected by their playing with their parents’ smartphones and tablets? How have computers altered the way we process and learn information? How have texting and social networking sites such as Facebook changed the way in which we interact with others? Can online dating lead to meaningful real-world relationships?

From Smartphones to Social Media investigates these questions and many complex issues related to technology. Readers will discover what researchers know about how the use of technology affects us through accessibly written, thematic chapters. The main text is complemented by a collection of case studies and interviews with a variety of experts, providing insight into how technology’s positive and negative effects manifest in our everyday lives and what we can do to mediate the negative ones.


  • Addresses a topic of interest and of increasing concern for researchers, parents, and educators
  • Examines both the positive and negative effects of technology across many aspects of physical, psychological, and social health
  • Provides real-world examples through case studies to illustrate key concepts discussed in the book
  • Offers additional information through interviews with experts in an accessible Q&A format
Mark Carrier, PhD, is professor of psychology at California State University, Dominguez Hills. He is coeditor of the Handbook of Psychology, Technology and Society, and coauthor of iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession with Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us and Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn. He is a member of the American Psychological Association.


"An extensive index and list of resources can help readers who want to concentrate on one issue, and the text itself includes helpful cross-references to other chapters where similar material is discussed. High school and college students will find the reference book easy to use."—ARBAonline, January 1, 2019
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