- Copyright Page
- List of Contributors
- Volume Introduction
- Cyberpsychology Research Methods
- The Online Self
- Impression Management and Self-Presentation Online
- Personality and Internet Use: The Case of Introversion and Extroversion
- Adolescent and Emerging Adult Perception and Participation in Problematic and Risky Online Behavior
- The Myth of the Digital Native and What It Means for Higher Education
- Technology Interference in Couple and Family Relationships
- Older Adults and Digital Technologies
- Textese: Language in the Online World
- Cultural Considerations on Online Interactions
- Online Romantic Relationships
- The Social Consequences of Online Interaction
- Online Support Communities
- Digital Inclusion for People with an Intellectual Disability
- The Psychology of Online Lurking
- Conceptualizing Online Groups as Multidimensional Networks
- Uses and Gratifications of Social Media: Who Uses It and Why?
- Image Sharing on Social Networking Sites: Who, What, Why, and So What?
- 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
- Mourning and Memorialization on Social Media
- The Therapeutic and Health Benefits of Playing Video Games
- Video Games and Behavior Change
- Game Transfer Phenomena: Origin, Development, and Contributions to the Video Game Research Field
- 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
- Policing Cybercrime through Law Enforcement and Industry Mechanisms
- 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
Abstract and Keywords
Lurking, or passive online participation, is often defined as non-participation or minimal participation in online groups or communities. Although lurking has previously been considered a negative behavior in online spaces, with lurkers accessing the social capital of online communities without providing anything in return, current perspectives consider lurking as a legitimate form of online participation. Current literature shows that lurking is a more nuanced activity than previously considered, as individuals may not only vary in their participation across different online groups but their participation may also vary over time within an online group. This chapter examines the key personal and situational factors associated with active or passive participation, as well as the differential outcomes linked to levels of engagement in online groups generally, followed by a more detailed exploration of lurking in the context of online support groups and education.
Maša Popovac, University of Buckingham, UK
Chris Fullwood, University of Wolverhampton, UK
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