Michelle Drouin is an American researcher who focuses on psychological issues dealing with social media and communications technology. She has studied deception during sexting, and how texting and sexting affect attachment in relationships between college students, as well as between adult relationships. She found correlations between coercive sexting and mental health problems as well as links between Internet trolling and sadism. She described how people sometimes use social media to maintain back-burner relationships to keep alive connections to possible future romantic partners. Much of her research focuses on social media sites such as Facebook; for example, she found that some people make new romantic connections by friending people on Facebook. She studied the issue of phantom vibrations experienced by many cell phone users in which a phone seems to vibrate but doesn't; a study she conducted found that 89% of students experienced a phantom vibration at least once every two weeks. She found that people were more likely to experience phantom vibrations if they expected to react emotionally to incoming communications. Her research found that young adults generally do not support the practice of employers using social media when making hiring decisions. Drouin is associate professor of psychology at Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne.
Dr. Michelle Drouin, 2014
February 26, 1974 |
Chicago Heights, Illinois, US
|Alma mater||University of Oxford, 2004 (D.Phil., Experimental Psychology); Cornell University, 1996 (B.A., Psychology)|
- Reuters (April 11, 2014). "Nearly half of sexters admit to ‘faking it’ in sexy texts: A survey of Indiana college students revealed that 48% lied about what they were doing or what they were (or weren’t) wearing in a sext.". New York Daily News. Retrieved Sep 10, 2014.
...Shockingly, sexters aren't always wearing or doing what they say they are, according to ... lead author Michelle Drouin ...
- CRISTEN CONGER (May 17, 2011). "Are Adults Having Good Sexts?". ABC News.
...Psychology professor Michelle Drouin has studied sexting behavior among the college-aged population ... half of people in committed relationships had sent a sext photo....
- Maureen Mespell (June 9, 2011). "How Prevalent Is Sexting?". Indiana News Center.
...Michelle Drouin was on our 5pm newscast ... how prevalent sexting is among adults and what role social media plays in the ease of committing such acts....
- Lucy Goodchild van Hilten (June 5, 2015). "Sexting coercion is on the rise – and can be as traumatic as partner violence". Elsevier. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
“I was a little bit surprised that the sexting coercion correlations with mental health as high as intimate partner violence,” said Dr. Drouin...
- Agata Blaszczak-Boxe (October 3, 2014). "Sexting coercion is on the rise – and can be as traumatic as partner violence". LiveScience. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
Unfortunately, in some cases this behavior may become sadistic, and some people may want to cause pain or discomfort to others, Drouin told Live Science.
- Rachel Martin (May 5, 2014). "Sexting coercion is on the rise – and can be as traumatic as partner violence". 21 Alive. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
Dr. Drouin says "invisibility" or, hiding behind an online profile and this screen, makes cyber rage easy. The other thing—the convenience of posting online with just the click of a button.
- Joseph Nowinski (July 21, 2014). "The Enduring Phenomenon of Back-Burner Relationships: Surprising research reveals the number of partners most of us have on reserve.". Psychology Today. Retrieved Sep 10, 2014.
...“back burner," a term defined by psychologists Jason Dibble and Michelle Drouin...
- Joseph Nowinski (July 16, 2014). "Social Networking and the 'Back Burner' Phenomenon". Huffington Post. Retrieved Sep 30, 2014.
...Drouin set out to investigate how the back burner phenomenon might be playing out today...
- Allison Bond of Reuters (April 15, 2014). "Some new Facebook friends may signal relationship troubles". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved Sep 10, 2014.
..."People are using Facebook and other social media sites to make romantic connections with people they would entertain having a relationship with... said Michelle Drouin....
- Larry Rosen, Ph.D (May 7, 2013). "Phantom Pocket Vibration Syndrome". Psychology Today. Retrieved Sep 10, 2014.
...According to Dr. Michelle Drouin... 89% of the undergraduates in her study had experienced these phantom vibrations...
- Larry Rosen (December 18, 2012). "Weapons of Mass Distraction: Why we have lost the ability to focus". Psychology Today. Retrieved Sep 10, 2014.
...and Dr. Michelle Drouin ... studied “phantom vibration syndrome”...
- ROBINSON MEYER (July 10, 2012). "The Phone That Wasn't There: 11 Things You Need to Know About Phantom Vibrations". The Atlantic. Retrieved Sep 10, 2014.
...phantom vibration....emotional reactions correlate with increased phantom vibrations....
- Vindy.com (February 22, 2015). "Young adults to employers: Please ignore our social media posts". Youngstown News. Retrieved March 10, 2015.
A recent study in Computers in Human Behavior by Michelle Drouin and her colleagues at Indiana University-Purdue University suggests many young adults don’t support the use of social media when screening job applicants...