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The Social NetUnderstanding our online behavior$
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Yair Amichai-Hamburger

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639540

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639540.001.0001

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Identity Manipulation—What Happens When Identity Presentation is Not Truthful

Identity Manipulation—What Happens When Identity Presentation is Not Truthful

(p.45) Chapter 3 Identity Manipulation—What Happens When Identity Presentation is Not Truthful
The Social Net

Kathryn Y. Segovia

Jeremy N. Bailenson

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the topic of identity manipulation. It argues that the accepted norm that individuals should portray themselves to others truthfully is frequently violated in computer-mediated interactions. Even in the early days of the Internet, scholars documented crimes in cyberspace where individuals had adopted the identities of others to commit virtual crimes; and today, crime reports warn of the ease of identity disguise and the associated dangers. Do we respond differently to individuals with manipulated identities than we do to individuals who truthfully present their identities? This chapter examines that question by reviewing and synthesizing previous empirical and theoretical work on identity manipulation.

Keywords:   identity manipulation, avatar, self-presentation, self-perception, anonymity

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