Psychological aspects of cyberspace: Theory, research, applications
Hundreds of millions of people across the world use the Internet every day. Its functions vary, from shopping and banking to socializing, dating, and getting help in numerous areas. From a psychological perspective, the Internet has become a major vehicle for interpersonal communication that can significantly affect people’s decisions, behaviors, attitudes, and emotions. Moreover, its existence has created a virtual social environment in which people can meet, negotiate, collaborate, and exchange goods and information. Cyberspace is not just a technical device but a phenomenon that has reduced theworld to a proverbial global village, fostering collaborations and international cooperations, thus reducing the barriers of geographical distance and indigenous cultures. Azy Barak and a team of prominent social scientists review a decade of scientific investigations into the social, behavioral, and psychological aspects of cyberspace, collating stateof-the-art knowledge in each area. Together they develop emerging conceptualizations and envisage directions and applications for future research.
Cambridge University Press
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