Disconnect (Oct 2022)
Why some turn into conspiracy theorists, anti-vaxxers and narcissists online – and how to get them back
Many of us know an anti-vaxxer who clutters our Facebook, or a selfie-obsessed Instagram narcissist; an online conspiracy theorist or a child whose face is buried in a smartphone. Some of us even live with one.
How do we get these people back from the digital abyss? Will we save them through a big disconnect?
In the first book of its kind, researcher Jordan Guiao – who studies responsible internet use – reveals how to recognise the signs of internet obsession, addiction and radicalisation. He speaks to ‘freedom’ fighters, online gamers, QAnon supporters and men’s rights activists, tracing their path into the darkest corners of the web and how they found their way back. Drawing on psychology, neuroscience and the latest research on addiction, he prompts us to ask: how can we use the tools that connect us to stop isolating us?
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Jordan Guiao is a research fellow at The Australia Institute’s Centre for Responsible Technology, and formerly a digital strategist and Head of Social Media for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the Special Broadcasting Service.
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