Implications of Social Media Use in Personal and Professional Settings

Implications of Social Media Use in Personal and Professional Settings

Noted as an IGI Global Core Reference Title in Media & Communications for 2019.

Vladlena Benson (Kingston Business School, Kingston University, UK) and Stephanie Morgan (Kingston Business School, Kingston University, UK)
Indexed In: PsycINFO®, SCOPUS
Release Date: December, 2014|Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 362|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-7401-1
ISBN13: 9781466674011|ISBN10: 1466674016|EISBN13: 9781466674028


Social technology is quickly becoming a vital tool in our personal, educational, and professional lives. However, while social networking helps the world stay connected, its use must be further examined in order to determine any possible pitfalls associated with the use of this technology.

Implications of Social Media Use in Personal and Professional Settings investigates the paradoxical nature of social networking in our personal lives and in the workplace. Highlighting emergent research and psychological impacts, this publication is an indispensable reference source for academics, researchers, and professionals interested in the application of social media, as well as the positive aspects and detrimental effects of the usage of these technologies.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Applications of Social Technologies
  • Cultural Tourism
  • Educational Technology
  • Ethical Usage
  • Online Classrooms
  • Psychological Impacts
  • Social Isolation

Reviews and Testimonials

Citing the pervasiveness of social media, Benson, Morgan, and their contributors look for balance as they weigh the effectiveness of social technologies against the adverse effects it may bring to its users. They touch on e-commerce, information security, business networks, libraries, the tourism sector, and raise issues lined to the psychological consequences and legal implications.

– ProtoView Book Abstracts (formerly Book News, Inc.)

Aims to introduce the new trend of using social media technologies, and illustrates the advantages and negative effects that may influence users. The content and comprehensive information provided in the 15 chapters of this book serves a variety of purposes. The terms and notions in each chapter are covered by simple and comprehensible words, using grounded and intelligible examples. A valuable contribution of this book is an in-depth discussion of a series of issues about how social media influence students, higher education organizations, tourism industry, and firms. The authors systematically arrange each of the components of this popular subject, describe the application of social media and introduce both positive aspects and detrimental effects. In our opinion, the book provides clear illustrations via specific perspectives and successfully transmits the authors’ points to teachers, academics, researchers, and professionals.

– Professor Chia-Wen Tsai, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan, Professor Pei-Di Shen, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan, and Yi-Chun Chiang, Ming Chuan University, Taiwan

This compilation presents well-balanced, comprehensive coverage of research on social media, virtual communities, mobile applications, and networking technologies. Editors Benson and Morgan (both, Kingston Univ., UK) successfully bring forth the paradoxical nature of social media in e-commerce, higher education, libraries, information security, privacy, and tourism, and its powerful effect on individuals of all ages. Backed by solid research carried out in countries including Australia, Canada, England, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Finland, Spain, Turkey, and the US, this book is especially relevant to professionals engaged in the higher-education sector who are eager to embrace the new technologies but are not fully aware of legal implications, privacy concerns, and challenges involved in integrating social technologies like Facebook, learning-technology platforms (e.g., Moodle), or short-message services into their classrooms. Contributors raise awareness about the dual impact of the emerging phenomena of social media and their possible adverse effect on social communications. The book would be useful for anyone needing a detailed overview of social media applications in higher-education and business settings. Summing Up: Recommended. Advanced undergraduate and technical program students; researchers/faculty; professionals/practitioners.

– A. H. Bhatt, Florida Gulf Coast University, USA, CHOICE, May 2016

Table of Contents and List of Contributors

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Vladlena Benson is an Associate Professor and a Course Director of the MA Management programme at Kingston Business School, Kingston University, London. She teaches Information Management Strategy to MBA students in the UK and Russia, and is a visiting lecturer on the IMBA programme at IAE Lyon, France. Vladlena’s research interests are in the area of information security, information strategy and social networking. She publishes widely and her research is recognised by the British Computing Society (BCS) and the British Academy of Management (BAM). Vladlena publishes extensively in such journals as British Journal of Educational Technology, International Journal of e-Business, Computers in Human Behaviour, and others.
Stephanie Morgan is an Associate Dean, Education, for the Faculty of Business & Law, Kingston University, responsible for all aspects of learning and teaching, QA/QE, accreditations, and the student experience. She is a registered Occupational Psychologist. Her research interests include the use of technology in education and employee responses to technology change, particularly IT outsourcing. She publishes widely in both business and educational journals.