The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online (kindle or Ebook) Author Mary Aiken

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The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online

Ers a deeply disturbing utterly penetrating and urgently timed investigation into the perils of the largest unregulated social experiment of our time Bob WoodwardMary Aiken takes us on a fascinating thought provoking and at times scary journey down the rabbit hole to witness how the Internet is changing the human psyche A must read for anyone who wants to understand the temptations and tragedies of cyberspace John R Suler PhD author of The Psychology of CyberspaceDrawing on a fascinating and mind boggling range of research and knowledge Mary Aiken has written a great important book that terrifies then consoles by pointing a way forward so that our experience online might not outstrip our common sense Steven D LevittHaving worked with law enforcement groups from INTERPOL and Europol as well as the US government Aiken knows firsthand how today's digital tools can be exploited by criminals lurking in the Internet's Dark Net Newswe 25Picked this up from my dad who was at a conference where Mary Aiken was a celeb guest speaker of sorts Enjoyable in its breadth but very subjective and speculative a lot of the warnings about future threats and harms being based on a handful of case studies eg cyberchondria dark web etc In some respects it can feel like a polished up version of Daily Mail level scaremongering What I disliked most was the seam of puritanism and disapproval running through it Kids were playing Call of Duty OMG Mums were looking at their phones while breastfeeding Well that s another serial killer in the making eh I particularly dislike the position she takes on legal porn When I was a child we thirsted for the stuff and the only material we could get was found in hedges We badly wanted it The idea that it is corrupting or upsetting to young males is laughable If anything the absence of it would do harm She certainly didn t interview any teenage boys Besides that I think she s wrong on the selfie viewing this in exactly the way Boomers and Gen X see it as some kind of dead eyed narcissism all that look at the vacant stares of these zombie narcissists This is so reductive A selfie might be Aren t I hot but it can also be Hello everyone a reaching out to friends a celebration all manner of things Sure there are vain people out there but to see a Kardashian in every selfie is to really misunderstand how people use technology Likewise that tired thin lipped use of inverted commas around the word friends that says theyre not friends You fools think they re friends but they re not Like anyone on Facebook actually considers the bloke in accounts who they worked with 12 years ago a friend For god s sake Lastly I could have done with a little less LinkedIn led trumpet blowing from Aiken she s a prolific ualification dropper I say this of course as someone who has chaired the pan European biscuit working group in collaboration with Dr Ivan Stokes Bovril of the University of Waikikamookow and who coined the term cyberdumpling in my recent paper on the subject for INTERBUTTSo readable enough but all rather shrill sensationalist and moralising

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He Cyber EffectHow to guide kids in a hyperconnected world is one of the biggest challenges for today's parents Mary Aiken clearly and calmly separates reality from myth She clearly lays out the issues we really need to be concerned about and calmly instructs us on how to keep our kids safe and healthy in their digital lives Peggy Orenstein author of the New York Times bestseller Girls SexA fresh voice and a uniuely compelling perspective that draws from the murky fascinating depths of her criminal case file and her insight as a cyber psychologist This is Aiken's cyber cri de coeur as a forensic scientist and she wants everyone on the case The Washington PostFascinating If you have children stop what you are doing and pick up a copy of The Cyber Effect The Times UKAn incisive tour of sociotechnology and its discontents NatureJust as Rachel Carson launched the modern environmental movement with her Silent Spring Mary Aiken deliv Incredibly moralistic and a lot of off the cuff assumptions since there are no longitudinal studies Also most instances the writer uses are very well known I dont feel like I really learned anything new from this book

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A groundbreaking exploration of how cyberspace is changing the way we think feel and behaveA must read for this moment in time Steven D Levitt co author of Freakonomics One of the best books of the year NatureMary Aiken the world's leading expert in forensic cyberpsychology offers a starting point for all future conversations about how the Internet is shaping development and behavior societal norms and values children safety privacy and our perception of the world Drawing on her own research and extensive experience with law enforcement Aiken covers a wide range of subjects from the impact of screens on the developing child to the explosion of teen sexting and the acceleration of compulsive and addictive behaviors online Aiken provides surprising statistics and incredible but true case studies of hidden trends that are shaping our culture and raising troubling uestions about where the digital revolution is taking usPraise for T 25 starsI feel like a better title for this book might have been Cyberpsychology for dummies who also want to be frightened out of their wits It s an overview of the drastic effects that the internet and technology are having on human brains and societies however it was very unbalanced The author even says at the beginning that she just wanted to highlight the negative impacts of the internet since there was already lots of information out there on the positive impacts The result is a book which selectively highlights dangers in a way that sometimes borders on fearmongering Aiken covers areas as diverse as the effect of screens on the developing brains of children the impact of freely available pornography on sexual appetites the seedy and genuinely scary dark web and the rise of cyber bullying She has extensive experience as an academic in the field and I was expecting a rigourous approach to the topic Unfortunately I didn t find her arguments particularly compelling and didn t feel like I learned much The book reminded me of the kinds of conversations that have been happening in pubs and living rooms all over the world in recent years Smart phones are giving people ADHD Porn is giving young men a skewed idea of sex A mother was so addicted to a game that she neglected to look after he real life baby In many cases I didn t think that this book went any deeper than those kinds of conversations with the added difference that it was very one sided after all most of these conversations would usually include one person who s willing to point out the positive aspects of the internetThe tone is accessible and conversational but at times I think the author mis speaks making casual asides which fall a bit flat For example when defining frotteurism a disorder in which a person derives sexual pleasure or gratification by rubbing himself or his genitalia against another person usually in a crowd a good reason to avoid overly crowded subway cars at rush hour emphasis my own OK I know it was a throwaway comment and probably wasn t meant to sound so victim blamey but it did make my eyebrows shoot up I for one won t be late to work every day because I m worried someone s going to rub their crotch on me Mostly I found that the arguments in this book were based on subjective opinion than on rigorous evidence and logic For example it sounded as if she was arguing that BDSM sites which matched dominant and submissive partners were a bad thing because a young woman in Ireland was killed by someone she met on the app I feel like if you re going to make a compelling case against something like that then you need a bit than anecdotal evidence It s a shame because I actually think I agree with Aiken s main hypothesis which is that we need to stop thinking of the internet as a lawless final frontier in which governments shouldn t meddle and it s every person for themselves The internet plays a huge role in our everyday lives and it s important that it s safe There are ways of reducing internet bullying making women and minorities feel safe reducing illicit activity and protecting children and these things need to happen These are valid points but I don t think Aiken argues them convincingly or at least not in a way which would convince someone who didn t feel that way in the first place Instead I think this book will frighten some people and infuriate others which is a shame With thanks to the publisher and NetGalley who provided me with a free ARC in return for an honest review


About the Author: Mary Aiken

Mary Aiken is an associate professor at the University College Dublin Geary Institute for Public Policy and academic advisor Psychology to the European Cyber Crime Centre EC3 at Europol She is a lecturer in Criminology and research Fellow at the School of Law Middlesex University and a Fellow of the Society for Chartered IT Professionals Mary is a sense making Fellow at the IBM Network Sc



10 thoughts on “The Cyber Effect: A Pioneering Cyberpsychologist Explains How Human Behaviour Changes Online

  1. says:

    This is a weird one it's a book with huge flaws yet I'm giving it five stars because the content is really important It's generally considered that the big change in environment moving from forest to savannah had a huge impact on the development of early humans Similarly the industrial revolution changed lives immensely Mary Aiken's book describes the way that a much recent change in environment could have an eually h

  2. says:

    25 starsI feel like a better title for this book might have been 'Cyberpsychology for dummies who also want to be frightene

  3. says:

    Aiken starts off by promising to keep the science light and then adds a book with only the barest possible nods to any evidence or investigation at all Light isn't the wordI got this for research and I don't think I found anything in it that added to my knowledge at allLots of very tired examples that have been in the psychology public domain for generations Lots of anecdotal stories presenting the worst possible scenari

  4. says:

    “There are risks that reward us and risks that ruin us”I found myself thinking about Cyberspace as a world unto itself Rich with information and communication and impossible to avoid we step into it as through a doorway or a rabbit hole I admit the depravity is disturbing and this book had me thinking about things I never even imagined about the internet It is another world it isn’t crazy to think of it as an alternate universe becaus

  5. says:

    Incredibly moralistic and a lot of off the cuff assumptions since there are no longitudinal studies Also most instances the writer use

  6. says:

    This is a nicely written book which can be easier to read than you might expect A psychologist looks at human behaviour in a variety of ways but puts cyber in front of them So cyber bullying stalking porn addiction prurience rule breaking crime drug peddling self diagnosis Munchausen Munchausen by proxy Not all bad Some include learning art creativity and sharing as well as plain communicating I particularly l

  7. says:

    As other reviewers have pointed out there are some major flaws in this book The biggest one in my opinion is that Dr Mary Aiken doesn't seem altogether savvy about the technology of which she speaks—she often ac

  8. says:

    Interesting but uneven book On the pro side the author clearly has spent a great deal of time and effort in her field and has thought deeply about a number of issues Her passion for her subject area is obvious and it gives the book a sincerity and vitality Some sections are very interesting especially discussion

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    25Picked this up from my dad who was at a conference where Mary Aiken was a celeb guest speaker of sorts Enjoyable in its breadth but very subjective and speculative a lot of the warnings about future threats and h

  10. says:

    The Cyber Effect purports to be a scientific look at the interaction of technology and psychology an examination of the way human behavior changes online Ms Aiken assures us in the introduction that she isn't anti technology Unfortunately literally every chapter aside from the introduction is devoted to all the w

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