- The Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology
- List of Contributors
- Introduction to the Handbook
- Social interaction and the Internet: A comparative analysis of surveys in the US and Britain
- Love letters: The development of romantic relationships throughout the ages
- Trust and social interaction on the Internet
- Trust in Mediated Interactions
- Assessing interactivity in computer-mediated research
- Social psychology of interactivity in human-website interaction
- Characterizing online groups
- Social networks and online community
- Online social support groups
- Psychology, discrimination and hate groups online
- The psychological dimensions of collective action, online
- Personality, individual differences and Internet use
- Through the Internet looking glass: Expressing and validating the true self
- Impression management and identity online
- Self-disclosure, Privacy and the Internet
- Computer-mediated communication and social identity
- Attitude change and social influence on the net
- Digital deception: Why, when and how people lie online
- Phantom emotions: Psychological determinants of emotional experiences on the Internet
- Internet use and abuse and psychological problems
- Examining the role of the Internet in health behaviour
- Tokyo youth at leisure: Online support of leisure outings
- The methodology of Internet-based experiments
- Designing online experiments
- Gathering data on the Internet: Qualitative approaches and possibilities for mixed methods research
- Context effects in Internet surveys: New issues and evidence
- Personality testing on the internet: What we know, and what we do not
- Technical considerations when implementing online research
- Using Online Panels in Psychological Research
- Internet research ethics
Abstract and Keywords
Online impressions ‘need not in any way correspond to a person's real life identity; people can make and remake themselves, choosing their gender and the details of their online presentation’. This comment came to represent the way the Internet was portrayed both in the popular media and within academic writing in the 1990s. Online communication was seen to hold the potential for unique opportunities to present the self: no longer constrained by corporeal reality, users could invent and reinvent themselves. They could manage impressions in ways never before possible. The Internet was described as the quintessential playground for postmodern plurality, fragmentation, and contextual construction of self. This article examines the process of impression management online and considers whether these conceptualizations of identity experimentation still accurately describe ‘life on the screen’.
Andrea Chester, Department of Psychology, RMIT University.
Di Bretherton, Department of Psychology, RMIT University.
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