, Volume 33, Issue 2, pp 253–260 | Cite as

Reflections on networks, human behaviour, and social dynamics in the digital age

  • Theodore Tsekeris
  • Charalambos Tsekeris
  • Ioannis Katerelos
Open Forum


This article offers a critical discussion in the form of debate (this debate constitutes part of the special session “The Future of the Internet and its Social Dynamics” that took place during the Fourth International e-Life Congress, held in Athens, Greece, in November 2015) among experts in the fields of networks, human behaviour, and social analysis about key issues that arguably affect the human nature and society in the digital age. Based on the responses of Nicholas Christakis to an interview (this interview was given in English and professionally edited for clarity in written form) given to the authors, some key questions, applications, and limitations regarding the research on digital networks are discussed, together with hot issues related to the nature of digital data and experimentation in contemporary social science. Finally, current and future prospects are presented in relation to data science and society in the light of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.


Digital networks Human behaviour Social dynamics Fourth industrial revolution 



Many thanks are expressed to Ms. Efsevia Koutantou for commenting and translating relevant material from Greek to English.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Theodore Tsekeris
    • 1
  • Charalambos Tsekeris
    • 2
  • Ioannis Katerelos
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre of Planning and Economic Research (KEPE)AthensGreece
  2. 2.Research Centre for Greek SocietyAcademy of AthensAthensGreece
  3. 3.Department of PsychologyPanteion UniversityAthensGreece

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