The Social Net: Understanding our online behavior

Paperback | March 7, 2013

EditorYair Amichai-Hamburger

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In the past two decades, the Internet has come to dominate every aspect of everyday life. This has been a huge change for many of us, and, for the younger generation - born into this situation - there has been no other way of living. How does this new way of life affect our health andhappiness, our well-being? How does it affect our relationships, our friendships? Has the definition of friendship changed now that we have hundreds of friends on Facebook? Why is it that some people find it so hard to talk to people in their daily lives but find it so easy on the Internet? Peoplespend so much time on the Internet - so what do we actually do on there? Why are some people so aggressive and others exceptionally helpful? Are these behaviors that we see from the same people offline? How do we take decisions online and which groups would we rather belong to online where nobodyknows us, rather than revealing our true identity to the outside world?The new edition of The Social Net provides a comprehensive understanding of the social aspects of the Internet. It contains chapters on topics such as identity manipulation, online romantic relationships, online decision making, the internet and aggression, and online prejudice and discrimination.The book provides the reader with an understanding of both the negative and positive influences of the net and is an exceptionally useful guide for for how to use the net to improve wellbeing. Today, when there is so much negative publicity surrounding the Internet - despite our reliance on it, thisbook provides a much needed balanced understanding of the Net and its influence.

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In the past two decades, the Internet has come to dominate every aspect of everyday life. This has been a huge change for many of us, and, for the younger generation - born into this situation - there has been no other way of living. How does this new way of life affect our health andhappiness, our well-being? How does it affect our r...

Yair Amichai-Hamburger is Director of The Research Center for Internet Psychology in Israel.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:296 pagesPublished:March 7, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019963954X

ISBN - 13:9780199639540

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Table of Contents

1. Yair Amichai-Hamburger and Zack Hayat: Personality and the Internet2. Yoram M Kalman, Daphne R Raban and Sheizaf Rafaeli: Netified: Social cognition in crowds and clouds3. Kathryn Segovia and Jeremy Bailenson: Identity Manipulation - What Happens When Identity Presentation is Not Truthful4. Monica Whitty: Online Romantic Relationships5. Brandon Van Der Heide and Erin M. Schumaker: Persuasion and Compliance: Social Influence on the Internet and Beyond6. Kevin Askew and Michael D. Coovert: Online Decision Making7. Neil Malamuth, Daniel Linz and Rene Weber: The Internet and Aggression8. Lee Sproull, Caryn Conley and Jae Yun Moon: Pro-social Behavior Online9. Joseph B. Walther: Group Processes10. Crystal L. Hoyt: E-Leadership11. Kimberly Barsamian Kahn, Katherine Spencer and Jack Glaser: Prejudice, Discrimination and the Internet12. Beatrice S. Hasler and Yair Amichai-Hamburger: Online Intergroup Contact13. Edward G. Sargis, Linda J. Skitka and William McKeever: The Internet as Psychological Laboratory Revisited: Best Practices, Challenges, and Solutions

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Review from previous edition: "The Social Net examines the social psychology of the Internet. With chapters from leading internationally renowned experts, it tackles both the positive and negative aspects of our Internet behaviour. With chapters on persuasion and compliance, personality,prejudice, on-line relationships, and human inhibitions, it presents a fascinating expose of online behaviour. The book will be valuable for psychologists and anyone who wants to better understand how they can exploit the full potential of the Internet." --Fast Company Magazine June 2005