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The Psychology of the internet. By Patricia Wallace

The Psychology of the internet. By Patricia Wallace

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The internet explained and analysed from a psychological perspective. Book was published in 1999.

The internet explained and analysed from a psychological perspective. Book was published in 1999.

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Psychology of the internet 1
The Psychology of the internet by Patricia Wallace (1999)
Chapter 1: The Internet in a psychological context.
Forums: asynchronous discussion. The user can catch up on the discussion andcontributes his thoughts at any time of day. The conference rhythms can be veryslow.
Karl Marx: the power of technological innovation to drive social change. Certainnew technologies have incredible power to shape human behavior and socialstructure.
Chapter 2: Your online persona. The psychology of impression formation.
As people began using email and online discussions forums more regularly, theyacquired more skills at expressing themselves.
Asch experiments; people tend to build schemes rapidly through internet personasbased upon age and gender.
Once we slap a label from our category collection on someone, we are not proneto peel it off or alter it much. Once it formed, we selectively pick up confirmingevidence.
Long transmission delays and a large number of users may lead the stranger tothi
nk you’re hesitant or uninterested conversationalist.
The lag in chat sessionsand the need to type your replies affect the register, and though people strive
for a “conversational” tone the pace is slower than one on th
e phone or in
person. The “bursty” (
Refers to data that is transferred or transmitted in short) nature
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of transmission makes it impossible to use ordinary rhythm norms associated withthese other settings. Walther suggest that this feature might makes seem peoplecolder than they would in a face to face interaction, at least initially.
In a text-
based environment, you can’t project your high status the way you
could in a visual mode.
(1999) people who created home pages were not trying to create an alternateidentity that differed dramatic
ally from their own selves. “a key feature is that
they move in the opposite direction of what cyberspace postmodernist claim;rather than fragmenting the self, personal home pages are attempts to integratethe individual, make a personal statement of identity, and show in a stable,
replicable way what the individual stands for and what is deemed important”.
Characteristics of egocentrism in adolescent, young people can be rather absorbedin their self-images and mistakenly assume others join them in that absorption.One feature of this egocentrism is a preoccupation with the imaginary audience.Many people seem to overestimate how much others are watching andevaluating, so they feel unduly self-conscious about impressions they are making.
Chapter 3: Online Masks and masquerades.
Liars do not emit any uniform set of clues to help people detect the lies. Overcontrolled movements reduced rate of speech, more vocal pauses and highervoice pitch.
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Truthful subjects have a tendency to use words in a slightly different waycompared to nontruthful ones. Their words were somewhat more likely to becomplete direct, relevant, clear, and personalized.
Teens use plenty of current slang, and anyone in a teen chat room who does notmight be suspected of age-deception.
Always maintain clear boundaries for ourselves with our personas in the internet.
Chapter 4: Groups dynamics in cyberspace.
Group; is a collection of two or more people who are interacting with andinfluencing one another.
Conformity: how conform actually goes, does group pressure disregard or at leastquestion the information they receive through their sensory system.
There is something about the computer
mediated communication environmentthat reduces our tendency to conform to a unanimous group position, physicalpresence being one of them.
A successful group needs a certain amount of predictability, and one way toachieve this is by inculcating this willingness to conform from childhood on up,whether we are aware of it or not. A computer-mediated environment stripsaway some of the features that contribute to our tendency to conform in agroup setting. Physical presence is absent, anonymity is quite possible. (We mustfind other ways to exert pressure on you to conform to basic group norms if wewant our communities to thrive. The use of propaganda *Memes)

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