Simon Gottschalk

Professor, Sociology
Associate, Centre International de Recherche sur l'Individu et la Société Hypermodernes (Paris)
Expertise: Computer-mediated communication, internet studies, Social psychology, Sociology of mental disorders, Environmental sociology, Popular culture and mass media


For the past several years, Gottschalk's work has revolved around the social and psychological effects of our increasingly online lives in areas such as work, education, family life, cognitive and emotional aptitudes, interactions, our sense of self, etc. He has been interviewed extensively by the local media, and is cited in CNet, the New York Times and the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.

He is a former president of the Society for the Study of Symbolic Interaction and former editor of its flagship journal Symbolic Interaction. He also is an associate at the Paris-based Research Center on Hypermodern Individuals and Societies.

Gottschalk is the co-author of The Senses in Self, Society, and Culture (Routledge), and the author of many book chapters and articles that provide a critical social psychological approach to topics such as computer-mediated communication, hypermodern theory, mass media, popular culture, terrorism, mental disorders, youth cultures, and others. 

Simon Gottschalk In The News

March 4, 2019
A Las Vegas mother of four received backlash online after sharing her postpartum story and has decided to stay offline.
Drug News
February 25, 2019
A UNLV sociologist has said that technology overload is harming our physical, mental, and social health.
The Vegas Post
February 22, 2019
Ping! Swoosh! Chirp! In an “always on” world — where we’re constantly bombarded with emails, social media notifications, and other distractions — do you sometimes want to go where nobody knows your name?
Southern Living
January 22, 2019
Between work commitments, family obligations, the constant barrage of news updates, and the never-ending cycle of emails, we truly live in a 24/7 world. Though it’s tempting to want to stay on top of it all, it’s actually more important than ever to spend time doing absolutely nothing. And that’s a scientific fact.

Articles Featuring Simon Gottschalk

Concept illustration of a businessman trying to unplug the brain, sabotage, killing creativity
ResearchFebruary 21, 2019
Technology overload is harming our physical, mental, and social health, says a UNLV sociologist.
petri dish and beakers containing liquids
ResearchDecember 26, 2018
In 2018, faculty and students collaborated with one another and international colleagues on scientific exploration that sought to help people make sense of themselves and the world around them.
Silhouette of man sitting in a dark room in front of a glowing computer screen.
ResearchJune 5, 2018
Technology carries the promise to make our lives easier, but at what price? UNLV sociologist Simon Gottschalk explains his research in a new book.