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