Cyber-Syndrome: Concept, Theoretical Characterization, and Control Mechanism

Feifei Shi, Huansheng Ning, Liming Chen, Sahraoui Dhelim

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The prevalence of social media and mobile computing has led to intensive user engagement in the emergent Cyber-Physical-Social-Thinking (CPST) space. However, the easy access, the lack of governance, and excessive use has generated a raft of new behaviors within CPST, which affects users' physical, social, and mental states. In this paper, we conceive the Cyber-Syndrome concept to denote the collection of cyber disorders due to excessive or problematic Cyberspace interactions based on CPST theories. Then we characterize the Cyber-Syndrome concept in terms of Maslow's theory of Needs, from which we establish an in-depth theoretical understanding of Cyber-Syndrome from its etiology, formation, symptoms, and manifestations. Finally, we propose an entropy-based Cyber-Syndrome control mechanism for its computation and management. The goal of this study is to give new insights into this rising phenomenon and offer guidance for further research and development.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)721-735
Number of pages15
JournalTsinghua Science and Technology
Issue number3
Early online date4 Dec 2023
Publication statusPublished online - 4 Dec 2023

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  • Cyber-Syndrome
  • cyber-physical systems
  • Cyber-Physical-Social-Thinking (CPST) space
  • Maslow's Heirarchy of Needs
  • entropy


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