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by Patricia Wallace

This timely volume explores the psychological aspects of cyberspace, a virtual world in which people from around the globe are acting and interacting in many new, unusual, and occasionally alarming ways. Drawing on research in the social sciences, communications, business, and other fields, Patricia Wallace examines how the online environment can influence the way we behave, sometimes for the better, sometimes not. Our own online behavior then becomes part of the Internet's psychological environment for others, creating opportunities for shaping the way this new territory for human interaction is unfolding. Since the Internet--and our experience within it--is still young, we have a rare window of opportunity to influence the course of its development. With a new preface that incorporates many of the changes online and in the field since the hardcover edition was published, the paperback edition of The Psychology of the Internet includes the latest coverage of e-commerce, workplace surveillance and datamining, all areas of recent intense public concern. Patricia M. Wallace is Executive Director of the Center for Knowledge and Information Management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland. She is author of an interactive psychology CD-ROM called PRISM and of the textbook Introduction to Psychology, Fourth Edition (with Jeffrey Goldstein). Dr. Wallace is also the principal investigator on grants from the Annenberg Projects/Corporation for Public Broadcasting dealing with language learning through CD-ROMs and the Internet.
Download The Psychology of the Internet epub
ISBN: 0521632943
ISBN13: 978-0521632942
Category: Technology
Subcategory: Networking & Cloud Computing
Author: Patricia Wallace
Language: English
Publisher: Cambridge University Press; 1st A edition (September 13, 1999)
Pages: 264 pages
ePUB size: 1991 kb
FB2 size: 1689 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 270
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grand star
I read this book in the version published in 1999. It was witty and scholarly and easy to read, and the several subjects (twelve chapters) are all still valid. While the Web has moved on from MUD's and MOO's, people's behavior hasn't, so it feels very current and the 2016 edition presumably updates the Internet environment. Discussion of all the major issues is covered in the original: aggression in discussion groups, harassment of women, sex imbalances, anonymity and its advantages and dangers, the flood of pornography, Internet addiction. I particularly liked the treatment of the Tragedy of the Commons as it applies to the Internet, as we are experiencing a major revolution in communications, of course, certainly as profound as the invention of moveable type by Gutenberg, and revolutions in communications always cause wars. And that is what is happening, war and revolution being important things the Internet is being used for now, and that is a Tragedy of the Commons.
This text is more in the genre of sociology than of internet specificity. Although there are considerable implications, Ms Wallace does not make a real connection between the internet and sociological constructs describing group operation. The treatment is very superficial and comprises a lot of suppositions which are rarely supported by real research or active hypotheses under investigation. The one valid point made is that the term 'internet addiction' may be entirely without merit, as there has been no research demonstrating compliance with DSM-IV definitions of addiction.
Wallace knows what she's talking about, and she puts it in very readable prose. I particularly like what she says about disinhibition on the 'Net.
Very good
I had to write an essay on aggression and the Internet, and picked up this book for research. I ended up reading a lot more than just one chapter! This is an informative read, written in a clear, engaging and approachable style. It builds off of existing psychology research and extends it into the virtual world. Yes, I think it's BEST to read this if you've already been exposed to the basics of psychology, but this book will not throw you off if you haven't, because of the author's approachable style and willingness to explain the psychological terminology.

Anyway, this book explores the psychology behind internet interactions, including the formation of net groups, aggression, loving and liking over the web, deviant behavior, why people look at porn, and more. It gives a solid, intro-to-intermediate look at all of these subjects. The only problem is that this book is slightly dated in this world of IM, chatrooms, and Warcraft. (It still talks about email listservs, which is something of the past.) So the reason I gave it 4 stars: the slight datedness of the book, and the very solid, but not completely in-depth, presentation of subject matter.

This is an informative and RELEVENT read for people with an interest in the Net. If you have already studied several years of psychology, you might wanna pick up the Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology, which is more recent, and goes much more in-depth (but possibly too technical for anyone with no background in psychology, and quite expensive).
This book came at a time when most books written about internet by social scientists, journalists etc., were either too focused on very incidental benefits of internet like the virtual communities, or starkly apolocalyptic in their analyses or chracterized by a Pollyanna utopianism. More speculative thinking that research and analysis chracterizes many books on the internet.

This one, based on a thorough grounding in social psychology and a comprehensive review of empirical literature on the subject, studies how behavior and thinking has got effected by the internet, how we behave offline and online, how going online effects us etc.

However, this is a book on the social psychology of the internet and not psychology proper. It's more about how we behave online etc., than about how internet alters cognition. Nevertheless, at the end of reading it, the reader feels a sense of having returned with a much deeper understanding than he or she could have achieved on his/her own.
Supported by knowledge of recent research, the author provides insight into how people sometimes behave differently on the Internet than they do in real life. According to Wallace, behaviors based on psychology in real life often do not carry over into the virtual world in the same way. For frequent users of the Internet, this information is not startling but eye-opening. For those who use the Internet little or not at all, this is a well-presented introduction to the cyberworld. Although academic in tone, the book is easy to read as it explores the many facets of life on the "Net". Because it is based on clinical research, it gets a bit wearying near the end. However, be sure to read it in its entirety because it is well presented, very inclusive, and quite interesting. Since completing this book, I am more fully cognizant of the different behaviors of "Web" users each time I log on. This would include those inhabitants of cyberspace as well as those who dwell within my own home! :-)
This is an early attempt to analyze Internet psychology. Patricia M. Wallace uses established psychological research - where it applies - to lay the foundation for understanding Internet psychology. Wherever possible, she cites contemporary Internet psychology research in presenting her opinions and conclusions; the problem is that there isn't any. She finds very few compelling Internet research studies, and she's the one who knows where to look. This book is just a little early out of the dock. The Internet is evolving so quickly that discussion of research conducted on Usenet groups already seems quaint. We [...] recommend this book to people who want a general psychological review of the impact of the Internet. However, the same lightening-fast change that makes these questions so fascinating also makes it very difficult to pin down the answers.