New Statesman: Six purple octopuses and a reminder to make the bed: inside the idyllic internet

Since the United States presidential election, calming bots are providing peace for Twitter users. Who’s behind them and what do they hope to achieve? 

Why is a random array of emoji fish so calming anyway? Dr Grainne Kirwan, an expert in cyberpsychology and computer mediated communication, explains that emoji aquariums can have the same effect on us as their real life counterparts.

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New Statesman: It me: how memes made us feel less alone

Sociologists have noted that the internet is instrumental in forging community bonds, and can be particularly helpful to those struggling with their identity – be that their sexuality, mental health, or social status. Yet meme culture is a less-studied aspect of this phenomenon. Dr Grainne Kirwan, a lecturer and expert in cyberpsychology, sheds some light on how and why memes allow us to feel connected to one another.

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I am a chartered psychologist (BPS) and a lecturer, researcher and author in the area of cyberpsychology. My particular areas of interest include cybercrime, online health/support seeking, and the psychological applications of virtual reality.

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