- 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
Cyberpsychology is a science. With that seemingly simple statement comes a need to understand how information is collected. Thus, it is vital to understand research methods. Along with methods, it is important to consider the nature of measurement, that is, how observations are converted into numbers that can be interpreted. This chapter covers the basics research methods, including observational, correlational, and experimental, and several of their associated measure. Each type of method is described, and issues and limitations are discussed. The chapter also introduces the need to consider the reliability and validity of the different methods and measurements. Research methods are constantly evolving so emerging methods, such as online data collection and the notifications on phones to collect data, are briefly described. Additionally, as cyberpsychology research involves human participants, it is important to treat these people well. Thus, the chapter closes with a discussion of research ethics.
John H. Krantz, Hanover College, USA
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