The Psychology of the Internet / Edition 1

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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"Patricia Wallace's survey of psychological issues related to the use of the Internet is simply the best overall book about the topic. Detailed, yet highly accessible, it is written so that anyone with an interest in the topic (and who wouldn't be?), can find some useful and helpful fact or story in this book's pages." Edward J. Valauskas

"Wallace has written an ambitious book on the psychological dynamics of the Internet in all its forms—e-mail, chat rooms, the web etc. Recommended for larger public libraries..." Library Journal

"Wallace has written an ambitious book on the psychological dynamics of the Internet in all its forms—e-mail, chat rooms, the web etc. Recommended for larger public libraries..." Library Journal

"The writing style is scholarly but not stiff. It is rigorous but rigor mortis hasnot set in. The reader is enlightened by anecdotes... The text is further enlivened by jokes... This book is a substantial scholarly contribution to our understanding of the experience and behaviour of the person on the Internet." W. Lambert Gardiner

"This book is critical reading for anyone interested in what the Internet really signifies for people. If you've already read what some other authors have penned about the Internet and the new era in civilization it represents, this book may serve to reeducate you." The Bloomsbury Review

"Is online pornography turning people into sex maniacs? Do men and women behave differently on the Web? Is the Internet addictive? If answers are available, they're here." Psychology Today

"This book is critical reading for anyone interested in what the Internet really signifies for people. If you've already read what some other authors have penned about the Internet and the new era in civilization it represents, this book may serve to reeducate you." The Bloomsbury Review

"Patricia Wallace's new book is a timely and thoughtful attempt to provide some answers. To call it an attempt is no insult...it is premature to draw firm conclusions on this subject." The Amarillo, Texas News-Globe

"This title is one of the very few so far to approach the Internet from a more respectful angle, through the focus and interpretation of an academic perspective. Yet this is no typically dull academic result, but a fascinating and insightful examination of what is emerging from the growth of the electronic network....From compulsive overuse to role playing and electronic brainstorming, this book can help Internet users—individuals and businesses—get a better grasp on what is going on, what is possible, and what may happen in the future." The American Forecaster Newsletter, September 1999

"well written...an important book for individual web surfers, but should be particularly enlightening to those who manage electronic work groups, chat rooms, bulletin boards, and other online facilities where many users gather — and squabble." Puget Sound Computer User

Library Journal
New-media expert and Director of Information Management at the University of Maryland, Wallace has written an ambitious book on the psychological dynamics of the Internet in all its forms--e-mail, chat rooms, the web, etc. With chapters devoted to a variety of Internet issues, this book perhaps bites off a bit more than it can chew. While it is organized in broad, textbook fashion, few of the 12 chapters do their topics justice; Internet pornography, for instance, is given only about 13 pages. The discussion of several factors, such as impression formation and aggression, are thought-provoking and develop some interesting ideas, but much of Wallace's evidence is anecdotal and reveals the relative lack of experimental rigor in this emerging area of human experience. This very newness partly explains the absence of substantial scientific data on the Internet in popular culture while also making Wallace's one of the few books on the subject; perhaps we should wait for better efforts on both counts. Recommended for larger public libraries only.--David E. Valencia, King Cty. Lib. Sys., Federal Way, WA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521797092
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The internet in a psychological context; 2. Your online persona: the psychology of impression formation; 3. Online masks and masquerades; 4. Group dynamics in cyberspace; 5. Group conflict and cooperation; 6. Flaming and fighting: the psychology of aggression on the net; 7. Liking and loving on the net: the psychology on interpersonal attraction; 8. Psychological aspects of internet pornography; 9. The internet as time sink; 10. Altruism on the net: the psychology of helping; 11. Gender issues on the net; 12. Nurturing life on the internet.

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