- The Online Self
- Impression Management and Self-Presentation Online
- The Myth of the Digital Native and What It Means for Higher Education
- Technology Interference in Couple and Family Relationships
- Textese: Language in the Online World
- The Social Consequences of Online Interaction
- Online Support Communities
- Digital Inclusion for People with an Intellectual Disability
- The Psychology of Online Lurking
- Social Media and Cyberactivism
- Socially Connecting Through Blogs and Vlogs: A Social Connections Approach to Blogging and Vlogging Motivation
- Positive Aspects of Social Media
- Managing Your Health Online: Issues in the Selection, Curation, and Sharing of Digital Health Information
- A Psychological Overview of Gaming Disorder
- Video Games and Behavior Change
- Psychosocial Effects of Gaming
- Enacting Immorality Within Gamespace: Where Should We Draw the Line, and Why?
- Gaming Classifications and Player Demographics
- The Rise of Cybercrime
- Cybercrime and You: How Criminals Attack and the Human Factors That They Seek to Exploit
- The Group Element of Cybercrime: Types, Dynamics, and Criminal Operations
- Cultural Considerations on Online Interactions
- Online Romantic Relationships
- Uses and Gratifications of Social Media: Who Uses It and Why?
- Game Transfer Phenomena: Origin, Development, and Contributions to the Video Game Research Field
- Conceptualizing Online Groups as Multidimensional Networks
- Image Sharing on Social Networking Sites: Who, What, Why, and So What?
- Cyberpsychology Research Methods
- Adolescent and Emerging Adult Perception and Participation in Problematic and Risky Online Behavior
- Policing Cybercrime through Law Enforcement and Industry Mechanisms
- The Therapeutic and Health Benefits of Playing Video Games
- Personality and Internet Use: The Case of Introversion and Extroversion
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores cultural factors in online interaction and communication. Several major cultural theories are considered, including Hall’s (1976) distinction between high- and low-context cultures, Hofstede’s (1991) cultural dimensions, and Schwartz’s (1992) universal human values, with discussion of how these models might be applied in an online context. The discussion draws on empirical research into how people from different cultural contexts use the Internet, and focuses on online self-presentation, particularly on online social networks (OSNs) such as Facebook and Twitter. These studies suggest that culture does indeed impact on how people interact online, but in ways that are sometimes unpredictable and surprising. The chapter concludes by noting that, while the advent of the Internet has not necessarily led to significant cultural convergence per se, it has underlined the fact that, while cultural context is an influential factor in how people communicate, individual differences are just as important.
Heyla Selim, King Saud University, Saudi Arabia
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