Cyberpsychology and new media: a thematic reader.

Cyberpsychology and new media: a thematic reader

Andrew Power, Grainne Kirwan (eds), Psychology Press, 2014, 242pp, £24.99, ISBN 978-1848721661

In the April 2014 edition of Therapy Today is a review (pg. 46 “When your fingers do the talking”), about a collection of cyberpsychology research reports.  Reference is made to “psychotherapists would prefer to do therapy by webcam even though most of those surveyed had little experience of using one.”

This book is “primarily a resource to raise awareness about aspects of cyberpsychology that have implications for the development of online and technology-supported practice. Relevant topics include trust and deception, identity and self-presentation, the role of personality and attitudes to computerised therapy”. The reviewer, Phil Topham, would have liked to see more about therapy by internet, email, smartphone apps and virtual reality.  The editors note that academic publishing struggles to keep up with the pace of technological change in the digital world.

Should therapists be using webcams when they have little experience of using one, particularly for professional and psychotherapeutic work?  How do we keep up-to-date with the pace of change in the digital world when even the academic world struggles?