Investigating the Dark Side of Human–Computer Interaction

Call for papers for: Aslib Journal of Information Management

This special issue will open for submissions on
30 March 2021

Guest Editors:

Abhishek Behl, Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, India
Manish Gupta, IBS Hyderabad, India
Vijay Pereira, NEOMA Business School, Reims Campus, France
Justin Zhang, Coggin College of Business; University of North Florida, USA

The area of humancomputer interaction (HCI) has been extensively covered by several prior studies. Most of those studies either relate to exploring and examining the consequences HCI on psychological, physiological, business, and social factors, or to factors affecting HCI. These scholars, to date, seem to have come to a consensus that this relationship is largely cyclical and look at ways to make it more effective.

For example, recently Choudhury et al. (2020) emphasized the need to unify HCI and artificial intelligence; Ramos et al. (2020) suggested models to have interactive machine teaching. Shneiderman and Plaisant (2010) discussed the strategies to make HCI effective, Lazar et al. (2017) suggested the methods to use for exploring HCI, and Szameitat et al. (2009) discussed how emotions can be linked to HCI. There are, of course, other  developments happening on the engineering side of HCI. What is notable, however, is that most of this research covers only the positive aspects of HCI. Very few studies, other than Baccarella et al. (2018), Baccarella et al. (2020), and Fox and Moreland (2015), explore the dark side of HCI.

The consequences of HCI may vary drastically, from: (1) attending to requiring ethical behavior; (2) detecting to causing occupational stress; (3) promoting privacy and securing data to intruding into privacy space and threatening data security; (4) ensuring efficient functioning to stealing several jobs; (5) helping the mentally challenged to causing abnormal frustration. Indeed, there are several lows resulting from HCI, yet it is an emerging area of research. If these dark areas of HCI can be taken as challenges instead, there would be opportunities for humans to sustain and co-exist with computers, physically, psychologically, and economically. As the bright side of HCI has already been extensively researched, the aim of this special issue is to explore its less attended, darker side.

This special Issue calls for papers from scholars working on the cusp of information technology, human resources, stakeholder engagement, psychology and organizational behavior to reflect upon issues faced during HCI development, dissemination, distribution, adoption and switching.

The special issue aims to answer some key research questions:

  • What are the bottlenecks in designing, disseminating and adopting new HCI technologies?
  • Can systems designs across technologies be generalized?
  • What is the role of ethics in managing HCI systems?
  • How can advanced data analytics be used to reduce information losses and improve knowledge management systems?

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Dark side of social networking sites
  • Information overlap and losses due to inter app interactivity
  • Psychological Impact of mobile learning on young minds
  • System design flaws causing end user frustration
  • Data breach using advanced HCI technologies
  • Cyber and financial frauds on HCI platforms
  • Ethical designing of HCI platform
  • Effects of “technostress” and “switching-stress”
  • Theorizing the "dark side" of HCI
  • Role of advanced data analytics tools to reduce information losses
  • Impulsive use of HC technologies
  • Challenges with crypto currencies and blockchain technology
  • Issues with Knowledge Management Systems.

Deadline and Submission Details

The submission deadline for all papers is 30 June 2021

The publication date of this special issue is 2022

To submit your research, please visit the ScholarOne manuscript portal.

To view the author guidelines for this journal, please visit the journal's page.

Contact the Guest Editors:

Abhishek Behl
Jindal Global Business School, O.P. Jindal Global University, India
[email protected]

Manish Gupta
IBS Hyderabad, India
[email protected]

Vijay Pereira
NEOMA Business School, Reims Campus, France
[email protected]

Justin Zhang
Coggin College of Business; University of North Florida, USA
[email protected]



Baccarella, C., Wagner, T., Kietzmann, J., & McCarthy, I. (2018). Social media? It's serious! Understanding the dark side of social media. European Management Journal, 36(4), pp.431-438.

Baccarella, C., Wagner, T., Kietzmann, J., & McCarthy, I. (2020). Averting the rise of the dark side of social media: The role of sensitization and regulation. European Management Journal, 38(1), pp.3-6.

Choudhury, M. D., Lee, M. K., Zhu, H., & Shamma, D. A. (2020). Introduction to this special issue on unifying human computer interaction and artificial intelligence. Human–Computer Interaction, 1-7.

Fox, J. & Moreland, J. (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, pp.168-176.

Lazar, J., Feng, J. H., & Hochheiser, H. (2017). Research methods in human-computer interaction. Morgan Kaufmann.

Ramos, G., Meek, C., Simard, P., Suh, J., & Ghorashi, S. (2020). Interactive machine teaching: a human-centered approach to building machine-learned models, Human–Computer Interaction, 35:5-6, 413-451.

Shneiderman, B., & Plaisant, C. (2010). Designing the user interface: strategies for effective human-computer interaction. Pearson Education India.

Szameitat, A. J., Rummel, J., Szameitat, D. P., & Sterr, A. (2009). Behavioral and emotional consequences of brief delays in human–computer interaction. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 67(7), 561-570.