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The Dark Side of Social Media (Closed)

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Guest Editors:

Professor Jari Salo, University of Helsinki, Finland (jari.s[email protected])
Dr. Matti Mäntymäki, University of Turku, Finland ([email protected])
Dr. Najmul Islam, University of Turku, Finland ([email protected])

Submission Deadline: 15th March, 2017 - now closed for submissions

Motivation and Aim of the Special Issue

The social media has a profound effect on the way people communicate, present themselves, and spend their time. Hence, social media is significant phenomenon also from organizational, business, and societal perspectives.

While social media has benefited individuals, organizations, and societies in many ways, there is an increasing awareness of the controversies, risks, and adverse consequences surrounding the social media phenomenon (Fox and Moreland 2015; Mäntymäki and Islam 2016). With seemingly endless benefits, it is easy to overlook the disadvantages (Krasnova et al., 2015; Yang et al., 2016) of social media, which are of important consideration as social media platforms continue to proliferate. Social media has facilitated a loss of ownership and control of content as private, public and institutional domains increasingly overlap. There is a need for careful balancing of professionalism and freedom of speech, to ensure that posts do not cause offence or harm reputations. Other drawbacks include time pressure, plagiarism, misrepresentation, addiction, and negative psychological consequences (Garcia and Sikström 2014). While providing a means to protect public safety, social media also provides a means of threatening it and enabling new forms of cyber-crime.

The aim of this special issue of Internet Research is to deepen and broaden the current understanding of negative aspects of social media in order to better understand, control, mitigate, and prevent its undesirable consequences.

The scope of the special issue covers all platforms and services that are typically considered social media (Kaplan and Haenlein 2010) as well as emerging digital technologies such as virtual/augmented reality applications and wearable technologies that interlink with social media. The level of analysis can be individual, group/organization, or society at a large.

We welcome submissions from different disciplinary backgrounds such as sociology, psychology, information systems and marketing, among others. All theoretical and methodological approaches are equally appreciated.

Topics of Interest

Topics of interest of the special issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Information overload
  • Social networking fatigue
  • Addiction to social media
  • Narcissism
  • Guilt and shame
  • Advertising fatigue
  • Privacy concerns
  • Ethical issues
  • Issues and challenges related to digital platforms and ecosystem
  • Radicalism
  • Terrorism
  • Racism
  • Digital divide
  • The Dark Web
  • Cybercrime
  • Information security and social media
  • Social media and technostress
  • Social media and channel conflict
  • Co-destruction of value in social media
  • Employee misconduct in social media
  • Digital voyeurism and exhibitionism
  • Negative word-of-mouth


  • Submission due date: 15th March, 2017
  • First round reviews: 15th May, 2017
  • Revisions due: 15th July, 2017
  • Second round decision: 15th September, 2017
  • Revisions due: 15th October, 2017
  • Final editorial decision: 15th December, 2017

Author Guidelines

Please see our author guidelines for more details and submission instructions. Submissions to Internet Research are made using ScholarOne Manuscripts, the online submission and peer review system. Please be sure to select this special issue option when you submit your paper through ScholarOne.

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Fox, J., and J. J. Moreland. 2015, "The Dark Side of Social Networking Sites: An Exploration of the Relational and Psychological Stressors Associated with Facebook use and Affordances," Computers in Human Behavior (45:0), 4, pp. 168-176.

Garcia, D., and S. Sikström. 2014, "The Dark Side of Facebook: Semantic Representations of Status Updates Predict the Dark Triad of Personality," Personality and Individual Differences (67:9), pp. 92-96.

Kaplan, A. M., and M. Haenlein. 2010, "Users of the World, Unite! the Challenges and Opportunities of Social Media," Business Horizons (53:1), 2, pp. 59-68.

Krasnova, H., Widjaja, T., Buxmann, P., Wenninger, H., and Benbasat, I. 2015 "Why following friends can hurt you: An exploratory investigation of the effects of envy on social networking sites among college-age users," Information Systems Research, (26, 3), pp. 585-605.

Mäntymäki, M., and A. K. M. N. Islam. 2016, "The Janus Face of Facebook: Positive and Negative Sides of Social Networking Site Use," Computers in Human Behavior 61, pp. 14-26.

Yang, S., Liu, Y., and Wei, J. 2016, "Social capital on mobile SNS addiction: A perspective from online and offline channel integration," Internet Research (26, 4) pp. 982-1000.