Dr. Azara Santiago-Rivera learned about social injustice and inequality at an early age. Her father was in the Army, so her family traveled extensively, adopting cultural norms at every new location. While they embraced and celebrated the diversity around them, others did not. Being of Puerto Rican heritage, her family was often subjected to overt racism and discrimination.
In an issue devoted to the psychology of social media, we decided to launch a Q&A discussion about a topic that is having a direct impact on our industry—the American Psychiatric Association’s proposed addition of “Internet addiction” to its newest Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5. We chose three faculty members to interview on three aspects of the debate: defining addiction, the impact on families, and why Facebook might be in a category of its own.