- 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
This article argues that social identities not only populate computer-mediated communication (CMC) and the Internet, but they often thrive there, both by designation (of identity: the cognitive dimension) and by design (the strategic dimension in which identities and their agendas are contested). This means that far from being eliminated in CMC, the group and its effects often shine through in CMC (intragroup cohesiveness and conformity, intergroup contrast, and competition). In terms of status and power differentials this can mean that the power and status relations associated with categories are reinforced, both cognitively, by being tied to the roles and relations associated with these identities, and strategically, by the surveillance which CMC can sometimes bring.
Russell Spears, School of Psychology, Cardiff University.
Martin Lea, Department of Psychology, University of Manchester.
Tom Postmes, Department of Psychology, University of Exeter.
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