The Psychology of the Internet

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 19, 2001 - Psychology - 264 pages
This timely volume explores the psychological aspects of cyberspace, a virtual world in which people from around the globe are acting and interacting in many new, unusual, and occasionally alarming ways. Drawing on research in the social sciences, communications, business, and other fields, Patricia Wallace examines how the online environment can influence the way we behave, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Our own online behavior then becomes part of the Internet's psychological environment for others, creating opportunities for shaping the way this new territory for human interaction is unfolding. Since the Internet--and our experience within it--is still young, we have a rare window of opportunity to influence the course of its development. With a new preface that incorporates many of the changes online and in the field since the hardcover edition was published, the paperback edition of The Psychology of the Internet includes the latest coverage of e-commerce, workplace surveillance and datamining, all areas of recent intense public concern. Patricia M. Wallace is Executive Director of the Center for Knowledge and Information Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She is author of an interactive psychology CD-ROM called PRISM and of the textbook Introduction to Psychology, Fourth Edition (with Jeffrey Goldstein). Dr. Wallace is also the principal investigator on grants from the Annenberg Projects/Corporation for Public Broadcasting dealing with language learning through CD-ROMs and the Internet.
 

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Contents

THE INTERNET IN A PSYCHOLOGICAL CONTEXT
1
A TAXONOMY
4
LANGUAGE ON THE NET
9
EMPOWERING INTERNET USERS
12
YOUR ONLINE PERSONA THE PSYCHOLOGY OF IMPRESSION FORMATION
14
WARM AND COLD IMPRESSIONS
15
THE SOCIOEMOTIONAL THAW
18
IMPRESSION FORMATION SHORTCUTS
19
THE MAGNET OF PHYSICAL ATTRACTIVENESS
136
ATTRACTIVENESS IN THE DARK
138
WHOS NEXT DOOR ON THE NET?
139
BIRDS OF A FEATHER FLOCKING ON THE INTERNET
141
COMPLEMENTARY RELATIONSHIPS
143
THE YOU LIKE ME I LIKE YOU YOU LIKE ME MORE SPIRAL
144
WHEN THE SPIRAL SPINS DOWN
145
HUMOR
147

PERSON TYPES AND CATEGORIES
21
BEYOND AGE AND GENDER
24
SOCIAL COGNITION AND CATEGORIES
25
THE RHYTHMS OF IMPRESSION FORMATION
26
IMPRESSION MANAGEMENT ON THE INTERNET
28
ONLINE SELFDESCRIPTIONS
30
THE HOME PAGE ADVANTAGE
31
FOCUS ON SELF
34
MAKING THAT KEYBOARD WORK HARDER
36
ONLINE MASKS AND MASQUERADES
38
THE ORIGINS OF ROLE PLAY
40
LEAKAGE ON THE INTERNET
41
ROLE PLAY DANGER AREAS
44
IDENTITY EXPERIMENTS IN THE INTERNET LABORATORY
47
THE DUPES IN THE EXPERIMENT
49
DETECTING DECEIT OFFLINE AND ON
50
DANCE PARTNERS
51
PROS AND CONS OF THE INTERNETS IDENTITY LAB
53
GROUP DYNAMICS IN CYBERSPACE
55
CONFORMITY
59
CONFORMING ON THE NET
62
THE SIGN ON THE DOOR
64
THE ARCHED BROW
66
IN SEARCH OF THE LEVIATHAN
69
EXPERIMENTING WITH THE LEVIATHAN ON A SOCIAL MUD
71
GROUP POLARIZATION
73
POLARIZATION ON THE NET
76
FINDING OTHERS OF LIKE MIND
79
VIRTUAL WORK GROUPS
80
THE BIASED DISCUSSION IN ONLINE WORKGROUPS
81
MINORITY OPINIONS IN ONLINE WORKGROUPS
82
WORKGROUPS AND ELECTRONIC BRAINSTORMING
83
DEVELOPING TRUST IN VIRTUAL TEAMS
84
INTERGROUP CONFLICT AND COOPERATION
88
THE ROBBERS CAVE EXPERIMENTS
89
INTERGROUP RIVALRIES ON THE INTERNET GAMES
91
PLAYER TYPES AND MOTIVATIONS
96
INGROUPS ON THE INTERNET
99
EXPERTISM
101
ARE WE A GROUP?
103
INTERNET GROUP POWER
105
FLAMING AND FIGHTING THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AGGRESSION ON THE NET
110
BORN TO FIGHT?
111
FRUSTRATION AND AGGRESSION
112
THE WORLD WIDE WAIT
113
THE HAIR TRIGGER
116
RETALIATION
117
WHEN IS A FLAME A FLAME?
119
LAB AND FIELD STUDIES OF FLAMING
120
REPROACHES
122
OVERRETALIATION
123
ANONYMITY AND PHYSICAL DISTANCE
124
THE SOFTWARE
127
IS LETTING OFF STEAM GOOD FOR YOU?
129
INTERNET STYLE
130
LIKING AND LOVING ON THE NET THE PSYCHOLOGY OF INTERPERSONAL ATTRACTION
133
WHO MAKES FRIENDS ONLINE?
134
THE NATURE OF ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS
135
SELFDISCLOSURE
150
ENHANCING REAL LIFE ROMANCE ON THE INTERNET
151
VIRTUAL PASSION
152
ROSES ON THE NET
155
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF INTERNET PORNOGRAPHY
157
BUT WHAT IS REALLY OUT THERE?
159
PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF PORNOGRAPHY
161
AGGRESSIVE AND VIOLENT PORNOGRAPHY
163
VIEWS FROM THE INTERNET
165
CHECKING IDS
167
HOW MUCH SHOULD WE WORRY?
169
THE INTERNET AS A TIME SINK
171
LOCUS OF CONTROL
173
SECTION 2
175
THE ONLINE AUCTION
177
THE INTERNETS ADDICTIVE PROPERTIES
178
WHAT IS SO COMPELLING ABOUT THE INTERNET?
181
THE PSYCHOLOGY OF ADDICTION IN SYNCHRONOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL SPACES
182
LIFE AT THE PALACE
185
NEWBIE DISEASE?
186
ADDICTION? OVERUSE? SELFINDULGENCE?
188
ALTRUISM ON THE NET THE PSYCHOLOGY OF HELPING
190
BY THE NUMBERS
192
LET SOMEONE ELSE TAKE CARE OF IT
194
NUMBERS ON THE NET
195
WHO HELPS WHOM?
198
PEOPLE LIKE US
200
ASKING FOR HELP ON THE NET
201
THE INTERNETS SUPPORT NETWORKS
204
SUPPORT FOR STIGMATIZED GROUPS
205
HOW MAY I HELP YOU?
206
GENDER ISSUES ON THE NET
208
GENDER AND LANGUAGE
210
LANGUAGE AND POWER
211
INTERACTION STYLES
212
ARE WE TYPING IN PINK AND BLUE?
214
ADAPTING TO THE MALE MAJORITY
217
STEREOTYPES AND PERCEPTIONS
218
THE NEW BATTLEFIELD FOR THE WAR BETWEEN THE SEXES
219
WOMENONLY AND MENONLY GROUPS
222
GENDER IDS IN THE GAMES
224
A HOSTILE WORLD FOR WOMEN
225
LEGAL ASPECTS OF ONLINE HARASSMENT AND THREATS
227
THE MRBUNGLE AFFAIR
230
GENDER ISSUES ON THE FRONTIER
232
NURTURING LIFE ON THE INTERNET
233
TECHNOLOGICAL DETERMINISM REVISITED
234
A PERFECT PLACE FOR CONSPIRACIES
236
THE METADISCUSSION
237
ANONYMITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
239
THE TRAGEDY OF THE ELECTRONIC COMMONS
242
TRUST AND GRASSROOTS ECOMMERCE
244
ENCOURAGING CRITICAL THINKING
245
PROVIDING GUIDANCE
246
REWARDS ON THE INTERNET
249
THE NEXT GENERATION
251
INDEX
257
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