Psychology and the Internet, 2nd Edition

Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implications

Psychology and the Internet, 2nd Edition,Jayne Gackenbach,ISBN9780123694256

J Gackenbach   

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Do your Internet habits define you?

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Key Features

  • Provides the first resource for looking at how the Internet affects our definition of who we are
  • Examines the philosophical ramifications of Internet use and our definitions of self, reality, and work
  • Explores how the Internet is used to meet new friends and love interests, as well as to conduct business
  • Discusses what represents normal behavior with respect to Internet use


The previous edition provided the first resource for examining how the Internet affects our definition of who we are and our communication and work patterns. It examined how normal behavior differs from the pathological with respect to Internet use. Coverage includes how the internet is used in our social patterns: work, dating, meeting people of similar interests, how we use it to conduct business, how the Internet is used for learning, children and the Internet, what our internet use says about ourselves, and the philosophical ramifications of internet use on our definitions of reality and consciousness. Since its publication in 1998, a slew of other books on the topic have emerged, many speaking solely to internet addiction, learning on the web, or telehealth. There are few competitors that discuss the breadth of impact the internet has had on intrpersonal, interpersonal, and transpersonal psychology.


Social psychologists, sociologists, clinical psychologists, as well as researchers in communication

Jayne Gackenbach

Affiliations and Expertise

Athabasca University, Alberta, Canada

Psychology and the Internet, 2nd Edition

Preliminary TOC
Chapter 1: Introduction to Psychological Aspects of Internet Use
Jayne Gackenbach and Evelyn Ellerman
Chapter 2: Children and the Internet
Connie Varnhagen
Chapter 3: Causes and Implications of Disinhibited Behavior on the Internet
Adam Joinson
Chapter 4: Internet Addiction: Does It Really Exist?
Mark Griffiths
Chapter 5: Internet Therapy and Self-Help Groups--The Pros and Cons
Storm A. King and Danielle Moreggi
Chapter 6: Got Therapy? Professional Issues Online
Joanie Gillispie
Chapter 7: The Psychology of Sex: A Mirror from the Internet
Raymond J. Noonan
Chapter 8: Males, Females, and the Internet
Janet Morahan-Martin
Chapter 9: Revisiting CMC for Work, Community, and Learning
C. Haythornthwaite & Anna L. Nielsen
Chapter 10: The Virtual Society: It’s Driving Forces, Arrangements, Practices and Implications
Conrad Shayo, Lorne Olfman and Alicia Iriberri
Chapter 11: From Mediated Environments to the Development of Consciousness
Joan M. Preston
Chapter 12: World Wide Brain: Self-Organizing Internet Intelligence as the Actualization of the Collective Unconscious
Ben Goertzel
Chapter 13: The Coevolution of Technology and Consciousness
Jayne Gackenbach, Greg Guthrie, and Jim Karpen

Quotes and reviews

"...the authors have taken readers on a real journey down an information-laden highway that leads to a fascinating, limitless world or virtual reality. Especially appreciated throughout the book is the attempt by the authors to support their viewpoints by making reference to empirical findings." --Richard Nicki, Canadian Psychology, October 2007
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