Internet and Emotions: New Trends in an Emerging Field of Research = Internet y emociones: nuevas tendencias en un campo de investigación emergente

Serrano-Puche, Javier Internet and Emotions: New Trends in an Emerging Field of Research = Internet y emociones: nuevas tendencias en un campo de investigación emergente. Comunicar, 2016, vol. 24, n. 46, pp. 19-26. [Journal article (Paginated)]

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English abstract

Emotions have become increasingly important in our time, in all realms of social reality. This revaluation of the affective dimension of the person is revealed in its common presence as subject of research in many fields of knowledge. Also in Media and Communications studies, and specifically in relation to the use of digital technology, there is an academic interest in emotions. This paper maps the field of study where emotions and digital technology converge, specifically in the use of the Internet. There appears a vibrant, wide and complex field of study in which come together approaches of different types, both on the theoretical plane and on the methodological one. The article provides an overview of research carried out in this subject, which includes the study of social media as spaces of interaction where emotions are displayed, the massivescale emotional contagion or the sentiment analysis in the digital platforms, among other topics. We conclude that the Net not only arouses emotions in users and serves as a channel for the expression of affection, but also influences the way in which this affection is modulated and displayed, as well as the configuration of the personal identity of the users of the Internet.

Spanish abstract

Las emociones han adquirido una importancia creciente en nuestra época, en todos los ámbitos de la sociedad. Esta revalorización de la dimensión afectiva de la persona se ha reflejado, a su vez, en su inclusión como objeto de estudio en investigaciones de numerosas ramas del saber. También dentro de los estudios en Comunicación, y en concreto en relación con la tecnología digital, existe un interés académico por las emociones. Por medio de una profunda revisión bibliográfica, en este trabajo se traza un mapa del campo de estudio en el que convergen las emociones y la tecnología digital; más concretamente, en el uso de Internet. En él se advierte un campo de investigación vibrante, amplio y complejo, en el que confluyen aproximaciones de diferente tipo, tanto en el plano teórico como en el metodológico. El artículo presenta un panorama de las investigaciones realizadas en esta materia, que abarca desde el estudio de las redes sociales como espacios de interacción en el que las emociones son expresadas, el contagio emocional a gran escala o el análisis de sentimientos en las plataformas digitales. Se concluye que la Red no sólo despierta emociones en sus usuarios y sirve de cauce para la expresión de los afectos, sino que también influye en el modo en que dicho afecto se modula y despliega, así como en la configuración de la identidad de la persona.

Item type: Journal article (Paginated)
Keywords: Emotion, Internet technology, emotional contagion, emotional identification, social networks, multiscreen society, Emoción, Internet, tecnología, contagio emocional, identificación emocional, redes sociales, sociedad multipantalla.
Subjects: B. Information use and sociology of information > BJ. Communication
G. Industry, profession and education.
G. Industry, profession and education. > GH. Education.
Depositing user: Alex Ruiz
Date deposited: 17 Jul 2016 07:08
Last modified: 17 Jul 2016 07:08
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/29590

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