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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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The Internet and Aggression: Motivation, Disinhibitory, and Opportunity Aspects

The Internet and Aggression: Motivation, Disinhibitory, and Opportunity Aspects

(p.120) Chapter 7 The Internet and Aggression: Motivation, Disinhibitory, and Opportunity Aspects
The Social Net

Neil Malamuth

Daniel Linz

René Weber

Oxford University Press

This chapter considers the topic of Internet and aggression. It describes research on the intersection of two domains, the Internet, its structure and function, and the social psychology of aggression. While the Internet is an environment of instant connections and opportunity, it is also an instrument of great social and personal penetration. The chapter goes on to define aggression, particularly as it relates to studying the Internet. Next, it focuses on the social psychological processes related to aggression. There are several characteristics of the Internet world that accentuate risk of aggressive behavior. Social Learning Theory is especially useful in understanding the elements of this environment. The discussion of the Internet as a teaching tool is organized within a framework of motivational, disinhibitory, and opportunity aspects. The chapter goes on to show that the Internet is a human communication environment with certain unique characteristics that can activate and shape various psychological mechanisms, many of these increasing the potential for aggression.

Keywords:   aggression risk, social learning theory, online motivational aspect, online disinhibitory aspects, online opportunity aspects

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