Psychology and the Internet Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications

ISBN-10: 0123694256
ISBN-13: 9780123694256
Edition: 2nd 2007
Authors: Jayne Gackenbach
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List price: $81.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
Publication date: 9/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 392
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

The previous edition provided the first resource for examining how the Internet affects our definition of who we are and our communication and work patterns. It examined how normal behavior differs from the pathological with respect to Internet use. Coverage includes how the internet is used in our social patterns: work, dating, meeting people of similar interests, how we use it to conduct business, how the Internet is used for learning, children and the Internet, what our internet use says about ourselves, and the philosophical ramifications of internet use on our definitions of reality and consciousness. Since its publication in 1998, a slew of other books on the topic have emerged, many speaking solely to internet addiction, learning on the web, or telehealth. There are few competitors that discuss the breadth of impact the internet has had on intrpersonal, interpersonal, and transpersonal psychology. Key Features * Provides the first resource for looking at how the Internet affects our definition of who we are * Examines the philosophical ramifications of Internet use and our definitions of self, reality, and work * Explores how the Internet is used to meet new friends and love interests, as well as to conduct business * Discusses what represents normal behavior with respect to Internet use

Contributors
Acknowledgments
Introduction
The Internet in Context
Introduction
Our Collective Love Affair with the New
Inventing the Self
Humans and Machines-An Ambivalent Relationship
The Ambivalence Deepens
And Now...The Internet
Take a Lesson from Radio
Studying the Net
Summary
References
Intrapersonal
Children and the Internet
Introduction
What are Children Doing on the Internet?
Concerns
Social Development
Unwanted Exposure to Pornography and Hate
Predation and Bullying
Becoming "Internet-Wise"
References
Self Online: Personality and Demographic Implications
Introduction
New Ways of Thinking About Identity
One Self or Many: Adolescent Explorations
Self Expansion or Disinhibition Online
Personality Online
Introverts and Extroverts Online
Other Personality Types Online
The Self as a Demographic Online
Gender and Internet Use
Gender and Game Play
The Influence of Age, Ethnicity, Culture, and Poverty
Elderly
Socioeconomic Status and Culture
Ethnicity
Social Roles and Inequality Online
References
Disinhibition and the Internet
Evidence for Disinhibition
Self-Disclosure and the Internet
Flaming and Anti-Social Behavior
Empirical Evidence for 'Flaming'
Disinhibition and the World Wide Web (WWW)
Internet Pornography
Formats of Pornography on the Internet
Explanations of Disinhibition on the Internet
Deindividuation
Reduced Social Cues
Two-Component Self-Awareness Model
Social Identity Explanation of Deindividuation Effects (SIDE)
Multi-Factor Explanations and Disinhibition
A Privacy-Based Approach to Understanding Disinhibition
Conclusions
References
The Psychology of Sex: A Mirror from the Internet
General Trends
Sexuality on the Internet: Roots and Controversies
The Influence of Sexuality on New Communications Media
The Meanings of Sexuality for Human Beings: A Chaotic Systems Approach
Religious and Cultural Influences
New Insights from the Science of Sexology
Sexual Expression and Information on the Internet
Usenet Newsgroups and the Psychology of Sex
The Sexual Diversity of the World Wide Web
Political, Personal, and Community Aspects of Sex on the Internet
Meeting Potential Partners at Online Dating Sites
Blogging: Sexual Empowerment via Online Conversations
Conclusion
References
Internet Addiction: Does It Really Exist? (Revisited)
Comparison Survey Studies of Internet Addiction and Excessive Internet Use
Survey Studies of Internet Addiction in Vulnerable Groups
Psychometric Studies of Internet Addiction
Internet Addiction, Comorbidity, and Relationship to Other Behaviors
Internet Addiction Case Studies
Why Does Excessive Internet Use Occur
Concluding Remarks
References
Interpersonal
Revisiting Computer-Mediated Communication for Work, Community, and Learning
Introduction
Revisiting CMC and Internet Debates
Unbundling Users and Their Online Activities
Users of CMC and the Internet
Online Content and Usefulness
Groups, Networks, and Communities
Social Networks
Tie-Based View of Media Use
Online and Offline Integration
Toggling
Domestication
Limits to Growth
Wrapping Up
References
The Virtual Society: Its Driving Forces, Arrangements, Practices, and Implications
Introduction
Driving Forces
Global Economies
Policies and Politics
Enlightened and Diversified Population
Information Technology Infrastructure
Existing Arrangements and Practices
Telework
Virtual Teams
Concepts of Time and Place
Virtual Team Technologies
Virtual Organizations
Virtual Communities
Teledemocracy
Virtual Museums
Weblogs
Dilemmas and Implications of the Virtual Society
Global Policy and Economics
Politics and Policy
Enlightened and Diversified Population
Information Technology and IT Infrastructure
Summary and Conclusion
References
Internet Self-Help and Support Groups: The Pros and Cons of Text-Based Mutual Aid
Introduction
The Psychology of Text-Based Relationships
Self-Help as Mutual-Aid
Text-Based Mutual-Aid
Results of a Replication Survey
Pros and Cons of Internet Self-Help Groups
Advantages That Online Self-Help Groups Share with F2F Groups
Advantages Unique to Online Self-Help Groups
Disadvantages That Online Self-Help Groups Share with F2F Groups
Disadvantages Unique to the Online Self-Help Groups
Internet Support Groups and Text-Based Group Therapy
Ethical Considerations in Researching Text-Based Mutual Aid
Conclusion
References
Cyber Shrinks: Expanding the Paradigm
Introduction
Professional Issues Online
Expanding the Paradigm (WIIFM? PX!)
Overview of Research
From Research to Professional Practice
The Online-Offline Connection
Cybersex and the Potential for Harm
Risk Management in Cyberspace
Legal and Ethical Concerns
Professional Liability
Competency and Scope of Practice
Emerging Clinical Issues
Theory in Cyberspace
Efficacy of Online Treatment
Expanding the Clinical Paradigm
References
Transpersonal
From Mediated Environments to the Development of Consciousness II
Introduction
Presence
Veridicality
Continuity
Ecological Perception
Gibson's Theory
Ecological Self
Natural versus Mediated Environment
Media as Ecological Environment
Pictures
Media and Movement
Orientation and Space
Orientation
POV and Perceptual Flow
Space and Consciousness
References
World Wide Brain: Self-Organizing Internet Intelligence as the Actualization of the Collective Unconscious
Introduction
The Future History of the Net
Mind as a Complex System
The Collective Unconscious Concretized
AI and the Internet
Symbiotic Internet Intelligence in Philosophical and Psychological Perspectives
The Global Brain Study Group
The Global Brain and Human Progress
Web Spirituality
Self and Morality in the World Wide Brain
References
The Internet and Higher States of Consciousness-A Transpersonal Perspective
Introduction
Other Approaches to Consciousness
Human Consciousness and Its Development
Integrative Program of Research into Developing Higher States of Consciousness
Physiological and Psychological Markers of HSC
Technology and Cognition
The Internet as a Cultural Amplifier-VR and Lucid Dreaming
Previous Research into Video Game Play, Consciousness, and Dreams
The Coevolution of Technology and Consciousness
References
Index

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