Applying Social Psychology Theories to Explain Behavior
  • Review the Hock (2020) readings on social psychology theories and principles. Think about the influence of environmental and social context on behavior.
  • Reflect on the following social media scenario:
    You are reading posts in your favorite social media site, when you come across a post by a 19-year-old male. He writes that he was raped at a party last night and he’s afraid they will post pictures of it online. He is contemplating suicide. You notice three types of behaviors in the comments to him:
  1. A small group of individuals are using profanity and belittling him. They are encouraging him to commit suicide.
  2.  A larger group of individuals are making supportive comments and providing the number for a crisis help line.
  3. Many of his online followers have not responded to his post.

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