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Special Issue on the dark side of social media - Internet Research

Topic: The Dark Side of Social Media (
The Journal: Internet Research (

The journal has an Impact Factor of 3.017

Submission Deadline: 28th February, 2017

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

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
Guilt and shame
Advertising fatigue
Privacy concerns
Ethical issues
Issues and challenges related to digital platforms and ecosystem
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

Deadlines Submission due date: 28th February, 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.

Full information and guidance on using ScholarOne Manuscripts is available
at the Emerald ScholarOne Manuscripts Support Centre.

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.

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