- Copyright Page
- List of Figures
- List of Tables
- About the Contributors
- Introduction to the Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society: Terms, Domains, and Themes
- ESRC Review: Methodology
- ESRC Review: Health and Well-Being
- Computer-Mediated Communication and Mental Health: A Computational Scoping Review of an Interdisciplinary Field
- Digital Inclusion and Women’s Health and Well-Being in Rural Communities
- Digital Technology for Older People: A Review of Recent Research
- A Digital Nexus: Sustainable HCI and Domestic Resource Consumption
- ESRC Review: Communication and Relationships
- Media Mastery by College Students: A Typology and Review
- Boundary Management and Communication Technologies
- ESRC Review: Economy and Organizations
- The Changing Nature of Knowledge and Service Work in the Age of Intelligent Machines
- Workplace “Digital Culture” and the Uptake of Digital Solutions: Personal and Organizational Factors
- ESRC Review: Communities and Identities
- Digital Engagement and Class: Economic, Social, and Cultural Capital in a Digital Age
- ESCR Review: Citizenship and Politics
- Digital Ecology of Free Speech: Authenticity, Identity, and Self-Censorship
- ESRC Review: Data and Representation
- Digital Citizenship in the Age of Datafication
- Digitizing Cultural Complexity: Representing Rich Cultural Data in a Big Data Environment
- Motivations for Online Knowledge Sharing
- ESCR Review: Governance and Security
- Governance and Accountability in Internet of Things (IoT) Networks
- ESRC Review: Future Research on the Social, Organizational, and Personal Impacts of Automation: Findings from Two Expert Panels
- Conclusion: Cross-Cutting, Unique, and General Themes in the <i>Oxford Handbook of Digital Technology and Society</i>
Abstract and Keywords
The relationship between computer-mediated communication (e.g., Internet or social media use) and mental health has been a long-standing issue of debate. Various disciplines (e.g., communication, psychology, sociology, medicine) investigate computer-mediated communication in relation to a great variety of negative (i.e., psychopathology) and positive (i.e., well-being) markers of mental health. We aim at charting this vast, highly fragmented, and fast growing literature by means of a scoping review. Using methods of computational content analysis in conjunction with qualitative analyses, we map 20 years of research based on 1,780 study abstracts retrieved through a systematic database search. Results reveal the most common topics investigated in the field, as well as its disciplinary boundaries. Our review further highlights emerging trends in the literature and points to unique implications for how future research should address the various relationships between computer-mediated communication and mental health.
Adrian Meier is a PhD candidate at the Department of Communication, Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz, Germany. His research revolves around the question of whether and how communication technologies can improve or impair mental health and well-being. Specifically, he investigates the relationship between technology usage and mental health through the lens of self-regulation processes, using intensive longitudinal surveys (e.g., diaries, experience sampling), and systematic review methodology.
Emese Domahidi is an Assistant Professor for Computational Communication Science at the Technische Universität Ilmenau in Germany. Her research focuses on the psychosocial consequences of online media use and on (biased) information processing in digital media. Emese is especially interested in computational communication science methods and their use to gain insights into her research questions. She is an expert in computational systematic reviews and meta-analysis.
Elisabeth Günther is a PhD candidate at the Department of Communication, University of Münster, Germany. Her research interests are in computational methods, especially topic modeling, and online journalism. Elisabeth works as a data scientist at Axel Springer Digital.
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