Social Media and Your Brain
Web-Based Communication Is Changing How We Think and Express Ourselves
by C.G. Prado, PhD, FRSC, Editor
November 2016, 154pp, 6 1/8x9 1/4
1 volume, Praeger

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-5453-8
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The negative effects of social media use on educational achievement, as well as professional and social competency, are becoming increasingly evident among “digital natives”—individuals of the generation that has never known life without the Internet.

While society has widely condemned the effects on preteens and teens’ natural social maturation of digitally enabled communication, such as texting and messaging, and of social media apps, such as Facebook, Instagram, and SnapChat, these forms of communication are adversely affecting everyone, including adults. This book examines how social media and modern communication methods are isolating users socially, jeopardizing their intellectual habits, and, as a result, decreasing their chances of achieving social and professional success.

The ubiquitous use of the Internet and social media is changing our society—in some ways, for the worse. Use of social media, the Internet, and other purely digital and less-personal communication methods are distorting the intellectual and social maturation of teens and preteens in particular—those among us who were born into and raised with Internet technology. People’s ability to read facial expressions, interpret subtle differences in spoken intonation, and perceive body language is in significant decline due to the use of social media and the Internet largely replacing direct, face-to-face contact with other human beings.

This book documents how changes in our daily behavior caused by the proliferation of social media are reshaping individuals’ personalities and causing an evolution of the character of our society as a whole. Readers will understand how these important changes came about and how more connectivity all too often leads to more ignorance and less comprehension, and will consider solutions that could counter the negative effects of being “too connected, too often.”


  • Focuses on the effects of the Internet and social media overall on the specific groups most affected: ‘tweens, teens, and college students, individuals who take to the use of such modern communication methods naturally but who are also ill-equipped to use self-control to resist the instant gratification, constant distraction, and addictive behaviors that come with social media
  • Alerts readers to consequences of social media and Internet use of which they are likely unaware
  • Identifies practical solutions that can serve to counter the wide-reaching negative effects of excessive use of and reliance on social media
C.G. Prado, PhD, FRSC, is emeritus professor of philosophy at Queen's University, a two-time elected Visiting Fellow at Princeton University, and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has authored, coauthored, or edited 18 books on religion, philosophy, assisted suicide, and health care, including Praeger's The Last Choice: Preemptive Suicide in Advanced Age. His most recent solely authored books are Starting with Descartes and Coping with Choices to Die. Prado has also contributed to a number of anthologies and authored more than 30 journal articles and 7 articles for The Hamilton Examiner newspaper.


"In the end, Prado and company believe, social media has not been properly analyzed and may have unknown and uncalculated consequences. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty."—Choice, May 1, 2017

"This book would be beneficial to therapists, sociologists, educators, and students to show how social media change our approach in our daily lives."—PsycCRITIQUES, June 12, 2017
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