CRUW seek to provide a forum to promote the academic and applied socio-psychological study of the impact of the Internet and emerging technologies (e.g. smartphones, virtual reality) on the everyday lives of different groups within society.
We envisage the scope and range of possible areas of research to be quite extensive. Current topics of interest include: online self-presentation, personality predictors of online behaviour, online gambling, the expression of humour online, online self-disclosure, intellectual disability and online behaviour and the use of textspeak by children in appropriate and inappropriate contexts.
Suggestions from potential PhD students and research collaborators (from academia and practice), and enquiries from anyone interested in our work are welcome. For media enquiries please contact one of the group coordinators (Dr Alison Attrill-Smith or Dr Chris Fullwood) - contact details can be found by clicking on the names below.
Dr Jo Lloyd is currently carrying out two studies exploring people’s motivations for gambling, and how they think about gambling and gambling providers. The first is a confidential interview study, which takes about half an hour, and can be done over the phone. Interview participants receive a £15 gift voucher as a thank you for their time. If you live in the UK and gamble a few times a month or more, please contact Jo at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like more information. The second study is an anonymous online survey, which should take less than 15 minutes. For this, you only need to have gambled once or more in the past year (although frequent gamblers are equally welcome), and there is a prize draw for the chance to win £50, £30 or £20 of vouchers. Full details and the survey itself can be found at www.bit.ly/gamblingstudy
A new MSc in Cyberpsychology has been launched at the University of Wolverhampton in which students will explore a variety of important questions pertaining to the Psychology of living in an Information Age. The programme has been developed to serve a growing interest in this field by academics and to meet the needs of government and industry to understand the psychological ramifications of cyberspace. As a multi-disciplinary subject, studying Cyberpsychology is ideally suited to anyone wishing to pursue a career in a variety of industries, including gaming, social media, virtual reality, research and cybersecurity. It is also well suited for those who wish to develop professionally to support their work in an existing area (e.g. in the IT sector, marketing, healthcare or education). For more information on the programme please visit http://courses.wlv.ac.uk/course.asp?code=PS025P31UVD
A longitudinal cohort study on the perceptions and psychosocial consequences of Internet use by school students with and without special educational needs and disabilities
Social networking and social comparisons
Homophily in attraction: linguistic encoding of personality and culture online
An exploration of the role of private and public online friendships in college adjustment and persistence in college
Exploring the social and educational aspects of textspeak use by typically and non-typically developing children
We have previously hosted a number of international conferences, including the 22nd Annual CyberPsychology, CyberTherapy & Social Networking Conference (CYPSY22) on 26-28 June, 2017 and the Social Networking in Cyberspace (SNIC) conference, which we have held on 3 occasions in 2010, 2013 and 2015. For information on the last SNIC conference in 2015 please visit the official SNIC 2015 webpage. We also hold an annual CRUW conference in April at which our PhD students get to showcase their current work and we have had a number of fantastic keynote speakers discuss their research including Dr Chris Stiff and Dr Masa Popovac.
Congratulations to Adam Beesley, Charitini Pitsiakou and Kim Van den Eeckhout for their successful CRUW Summer Internship applications. Our Summer Interns worked on projects over the summer of 2016. A final report on the work of all 3 of our 2016 interns can be downloaded here 2016 CRUW intern report (PDF)
The following scales have been developed by members of CRUW and are free to use by anyone, providing a citation is given in any published outputs. Citation information and details pertaining to internal consistency are included in the downloadable documents below (click on links below to begin download).
The SMMS measures the motivations that individuals may have for using Social Networking Sites (SNS). The following constructs are measured by the SMMS: procrastination, freedom of expression, conformity, information exchange, new connections, ritual, social maintenance, escapism, recreation and experimentation. Our own research using the SMSS (Orchard, Fullwood, Galbraith and Morris, 2014) has shown that individuals with various personality profiles are motivated to use SNS for different reasons. For example, individuals who score high on Psychoticism value the use of SNS for the ability to express themselves freely.
SMMS (Word doc 24k).
The BMQ measures individuals' motivations for keeping blogs. The following blogging motivations are measured by the BMQ: emotional outlet, social networking, advertising, personal revelation, creative outlet and selective disclosure. Our own research using the BMQ (Fullwood, Nicholls and Makichi, 2015) has demonstrated that blogging motivations can be predicted by personality and individual differences. For example, we note how Agreeableness relates to the use of the blog for selective disclosure, which may be a direct attempt by the blogger to manage the impressions of others.
BMQ (Word doc 55k)