Faculty Talk: Samuel Hardman Taylor

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Ehrlicher Room, 3100 North Quad 

Turning Bystanders into Upstanders; Cyberbullying Prevention in Social Media 


Nearly 40% of Americans are victims of cyberbullying and other forms of online harassment. Although the majority of Americans think that cyberbullying is a public health concern, most people who witness cyberbullying do nothing. This talk explores this paradox of bystander apathy to cyberbullying. Drawing from theories of bystander behavior and research on regulating online behavior, Samuel Hardman Taylor will present a series of experiments on cyberbullying that explain why bystanders do not intervene and how to nudge bystanders toward intervention. In addition, this talk will introduce a new social media analytics platform that bridges between controlled lab experiments and field experiments using big data. These studies contribute to theoretical explanations of bystander behavior online and suggests ways to reimagine the design of social media to reduce cyberbullying and promote prosocial behaviors online.

Speaker Bio

Samuel Hardman Taylor is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Communication at Cornell University. Sam’s research investigates the social uses, processes, and effects of mobile phones and social media, with a specific interest in promoting well-being and reducing online harassment. His work has appeared in the Journal of Communication, Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, New Media & Society, Communication Research, Computers in Human Behavior, Cyberpsychology, Social Networking, and Behavior, and the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Lunch will be served at 11:45am.