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Cyberpsychology

Book Description

An important new BPS Textbook in Psychology exploring the interactions between individuals, societies, and digital technologies

  • Outlines key theories and empirical research within cyberpsychology and provides critical assessments of this rapidly changing field
  • Identifies areas in need of further research and ways to use digital technologies as a research tool
  • Covers topics such as online identity, online relationships and dating, pornography, children’s use of the internet, cyberbullying, online games and gambling, and deception and online crime
  • Engaging and accessible for students at the undergraduate and graduate level with real life examples, activities, and discussion questions

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. List of Tables, Figures and Boxes
    1. TABLES
    2. FIGURES
    3. BOXES
  4. 1 Introduction
  5. 2 The ‘Self’ in Cyberspace
    1. 2.1 DEFINING THE ‘SELF’
    2. 2.2 THE SELF IN CYBERSPACE
    3. 2.3 DISEMBODIED SELVES IN CYBERSPACE
    4. 2.4 THE CYBORG SELF
    5. 2.5 GOFFMAN: PERFORMING SELF ONLINE
    6. 2.6 POSSIBLE SELVES IN CYBERSPACE
    7. 2.7 SOCIAL IDENTITIES IN CYBERSPACE
    8. 2.8 VISUALLY ANONYMOUS?
    9. 2.9 CONCLUSIONS
    10. SUGGESTED READINGS
  6. 3 Online Relationships
    1. 3.1 TRADITIONAL RELATIONSHIPS: OFFLINE REALM
    2. 3.2 APPLYING OLD THEORIES TO ONLINE RELATIONSHIPS
    3. 3.3 NEW THEORIES TO EXPLAIN ONLINE RELATING
    4. 3.4 A BRIEF HISTORY OF ONLINE RELATING
    5. 3.5 CONTEMPORARY ONLINE SPACES
    6. 3.6 INTERACTING IN VARIOUS SPACES
    7. 3.7 FUTURE DEVELOPMENT IN THE FIELD
    8. 3.8 CONCLUSIONS
    9. SUGGESTED READINGS
  7. 4 Online Dating
    1. 4.1 WHAT IS AN ONLINE DATING SITE?
    2. 4.2 MOTIVATIONS FOR USING AN ONLINE DATING SITE
    3. 4.3 PSYCHOLOGICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF ONLINE DATERS
    4. 4.4 COMPARING ONLINE DATING SITES WITH PERSONAL ADS
    5. 4.5 PRESENTING ONESELF ON AN ONLINE DATING SITE
    6. 4.6 DATING DECEPTION
    7. 4.7 A PERFECT MATCH OR A NUMBERS GAME?
    8. 4.8 STAGES IN THE ONLINE DATING PROCESS
    9. 4.9 CONCLUSIONS
    10. SUGGESTED READINGS
  8. 5 Online Sexual Activities
    1. 5.1 THE BEGINNINGS OF INTERNET SEX
    2. 5.2 THE TRIPLE A ENGINE
    3. 5.3 CYBERSEX: DEBILITATING OR LIBERATING?
    4. 5.4 INTERACTIVE SEX ENTERTAINMENT
    5. 5.5 CYBERSEX ADDICTION
    6. 5.6 THE INTERNET AS AN ENABLER OF RISKY OFFLINE SEXUAL ENCOUNTERS
    7. 5.7 THE INTERNET AND SEXUAL HEALTH INFORMATION
    8. 5.8 SOCIAL SUPPORT AND EXPLORING SEXUALITY
    9. 5.9 TEENS AND RISKY SEXUAL ONLINE BEHAVIOUR
    10. 5.10 TELEDILDONICS AND THE FUTURE OF SEX IN CYBERSPACE
    11. 5.11 CONCLUSIONS
    12. SUGGESTED READINGS
  9. 6 Internet Infidelity
    1. 6.1 DEFINING INTERNET INFIDELITY
    2. 6.2 UNFAITHFUL ONLINE SEXUAL ACTIVITIES
    3. 6.3 VIRTUAL OR REAL?
    4. 6.4 EMOTIONAL INFIDELITY
    5. 6.5 GENDER DIFFERENCES: WHICH IS WORSE – SEX OR LOVE?
    6. 6.6 QUALITATIVE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN ONLINE AND OFFLINE AFFAIRS
    7. 6.7 VIRTUAL AFFAIRS WITH AN AVATAR
    8. 6.8 CONCLUSIONS
    9. SUGGESTED READINGS
  10. 7 Children’s and Teens’ Use of Digital Technologies
    1. 7.1 INTERNET USAGE
    2. 7.2 THE DIGITAL DIVIDE
    3. 7.3 DIGITAL TECHNOLOGIES: HARMFUL OR EMPOWERING FOR YOUNG PEOPLE?
    4. 7.4 ILLEGAL CONTENT AND ILLEGAL ACTIVITIES
    5. 7.5 CYBERBULLYING AND CYBERHARASSMENT
    6. 7.6 SCAMS, CHILDREN AND TEENS
    7. 7.7 IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT
    8. 7.8 ACTIVISM
    9. 7.9 RADICALIZATION
    10. 7.10 CONCLUSIONS
    11. SUGGESTED READINGS
  11. 8 Online Education
    1. 8.1 TECHNOLOGY AND LEARNING
    2. 8.2 E‐LEARNING
    3. 8.3 E‐LEARNING VERSUS FACE‐TO‐FACE LEARNING
    4. 8.4 SYNCHRONOUS AND ASYNCHRONOUS COMMUNICATION WITHIN E‐LEARNING
    5. 8.5 MEDIA RICHNESS THEORY
    6. 8.6 SALMON’S STAGE MODEL OF E‐LEARNING
    7. 8.7 3‐D LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
    8. 8.8 CONCLUSIONS
    9. SUGGESTED READINGS
  12. 9 Leisure and Entertainment
    1. 9.1 WHAT IS LEISURE AND WHAT MOTIVATES OUR PURSUIT OF IT?
    2. 9.2 ONLINE FAMILY LEISURE
    3. 9.3 OLDER ADULTS
    4. 9.4 TECHNOFERENCE: ENCROACHING ON LEISURE TIME WITHIN RELATIONSHIPS
    5. 9.5 TELECOMMUNICATION
    6. 9.6 TIME AND FUNCTIONAL DISPLACEMENT EFFECTS
    7. 9.7 TWITTER
    8. 9.8 CONCLUSIONS
    9. SUGGESTED READINGS
  13. 10 Online Gaming and Gambling
    1. 10.1 INTERNET ADDICTION
    2. 10.2 INTERNET GAMBLING ADDICTION
    3. 10.3 INTERNET GAMING ADDICTION
    4. 10.4 AGGRESSIVE VIDEO GAMES
    5. 10.5 TRANSCENDING TABOOS: VIDEO GAMES
    6. 10.6 GAMES FOR LEARNING
    7. 10.7 CONCLUSIONS
    8. SUGGESTED READINGS
  14. 11 Online Deception
    1. 11.1 DEFINING DECEPTION
    2. 11.2 DECEPTION IN CYBERSPACE
    3. 11.3 DO WE LIE MORE ONLINE?
    4. 11.4 DETECTING DECEPTION
    5. 11.5 CONCLUSIONS
    6. SUGGESTED READINGS
  15. 12 Online Crimes: Scams, Fraud and Illegal Downloads
    1. 12.1 PHISHING
    2. 12.2 VISHING
    3. 12.3 WHY ARE PEOPLE TRICKED BY PHISHING?
    4. 12.4 IMPROVING DETECTION
    5. 12.5 MASS‐MARKETING FRAUD
    6. 12.6 AWARENESS CAMPAIGNS
    7. 12.7 COGNITIVE AND MOTIVATIONAL ERRORS
    8. 12.8 WHAT TYPE OF PERSON TENDS TO BE SUSCEPTIBLE TO MMF?
    9. 12.9 STAGES INVOLVED IN THE ONLINE DATING ROMANCE SCAM
    10. 12.10 ILLEGAL DOWNLOADS
    11. 12.11 CONCLUSIONS
    12. SUGGESTED READINGS
  16. 13 Online Crimes: Cyberharassment, Hate Crimes and Cyberwarfare
    1. 13.1 ONLINE HARASSMENT AND STALKING
    2. 13.2 CYBERSTALKING AND THE LAW
    3. 13.3 PSYCHOLOGICALLY PROFILING CRIMINALS AND VICTIMS
    4. 13.4 HATE CRIMES
    5. 13.5 CYBERWARFARE
    6. 13.6 SURVEILLANCE AND MONITORING
    7. 13.7 CONCLUSIONS
    8. SUGGESTED READINGS
  17. 14 Online Crimes: Child Pornography and Paedophilia
    1. 14.1 THE INTERNET AND THE INCREASE IN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
    2. 14.2 CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND THE LAW
    3. 14.3 PSEUDO‐PHOTOGRAPHS
    4. 14.4 TYPES OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENDERS
    5. 14.5 CHARACTERISTICS OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENDERS
    6. 14.6 THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CHILD PORNOGRAPHY AND HANDS‐ON OFFENDING
    7. 14.7 THEORETICAL APPROACHES TO CHILD PORNOGRAPHY OFFENDING
    8. 14.8 CONCLUSIONS
    9. SUGGESTED READINGS
  18. 15 Online Support and Health Care
    1. 15.1 THE INTERNET AND HEALTH
    2. 15.2 CHARACTERISTICS AND MOTIVATIONS
    3. 15.3 ONLINE HEALTH SEARCHING AND CYBERCHONDRIA
    4. 15.4 SOCIAL MEDIA, GROUP FORUMS AND SUPPORT SITES
    5. 15.5 E‐THERAPY
    6. 15.6 ASSESSING THE EFFECTIVENESS OF E‐THERAPIES
    7. 15.7 IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL ENVIRONMENTS AS AIDS TO TREATMENT
    8. 15.8 CONCLUSIONS
    9. SUGGESTED READINGS
  19. 16 Concluding Thoughts
  20. References
  21. Index
  22. End User License Agreement