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Annotated Bibliography

Social Networking and the Differences Between “Offline” and “Online” Identities

Derrick Beil

Professor Malcolm Campbell

English 1103

March 11 2013

Annotated Bibliography

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Cody Michael J., et al. "Strategic Misrepresentation In Online Dating: The Effects Of Gender,

Self-Monitoring, And Personality Traits." Journal Of Social & Personal Relationships

27.1 (2010): 117-135. Academic Search Complete. Web. 26 Feb. 2013.

This article presents findings from a study that examined personality traits and

demographic characteristics and their relation to a user’s intentional personal

misrepresentation. The authors of this publication are all professors from several different

college universities.

Therefore, it is safe to assume that the peer reviewed publication is

Therefore, it is safe to assume that the peer reviewed publication is all professors from several different college universities.   extremely reliable and any information and data

 
 

extremely reliable and any information and data shown will be factual

extremely reliable and any information and data shown will be factual

. I also assume that

Comment [VB1]: Safe assumption to make Safe assumption to make

. I also assume that Comment [VB1]: Safe assumption to make this article is unbiased given

this article is unbiased given the fact that the data used for the summarizations and

conclusions comes from 5,020 online surveys.

This article will be especially useful for

This article will be especially useful for and conclusions comes from 5,020 online surveys. identifying which traits are most commonly misrepresented

identifying which traits are most commonly misrepresented and why one might

misrepresent them.

misrepresented and why one might misrepresent them. Comment [VB2]: I like how you specifically say how
misrepresented and why one might misrepresent them. Comment [VB2]: I like how you specifically say how

Comment [VB2]: I like how you specifically say how this article will be useful to your paper I like how you specifically say how this article will be useful to your paper

Schouten, Alexander P., Patti M. Valkenburg, and Jochen Peter. "An Experimental Test of

Processes Underlying Self-Disclosure in Computer-Mediated Communication." An

Experimental Test of Processes Underlying Self-Disclosure in Computer-Mediated

Communication. N.p., 2009. Web. 13 Mar. 2013.

This website gives information and research that helps explain why there is a difference

in online and offline personalities. The reason given by the authors of this website is that

“computer -mediated communication results in higher levels of self- disclosure”

“computer-mediated communication results in higher levels of self-disclosure”

results in higher levels of self- disclosure” Comment [VB3]: Good quote (Schouten). I found that the

Comment [VB3]: Good quote

(Schouten). I found that the explanations given in this web article are very similar to that

found in Dr. Suler’s publication on the online disinhibition effect which therefore further

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supports Sulers work and reasoning. Knowing that the two sources of information (both

from this article and Dr. Suler’s publications) both agree in many aspects of their

hypotheses and conclusions it is safe to assume that the information is reliable. Moreover,

since this webpage is located on CyberPsycology.eu, a reputable site regarding the

psychosocial research on cyberspace, I am further convinced that the authors are all

credible and that the research and information found in the article are correct.

I plan on
I plan on

using the results of the research and surveys in this web article to help support my

conclusions in the final extended inquire project.

conclusions in the final extended inquire project.

conclusions in the final extended inquire project.
my conclusions in the final extended inquire project. Comment [VB4]: These are good things to have

Comment [VB4]: These are good things to have to reinforce statements you make in your paper. Good These are good things to have to reinforce statements you make in your paper. Good job!

Schulman, Ariel, Henry Joost, Ryan Kavanaugh, Brett Ratner, Tucker Tooley, Andrew Jarecki,

Marc Smerling, Zac Stuart-Pontier, Mark Mothersbaugh, Yaniv Schulman, and Angela

Wesselman. Catfish. Universal City, CA: Universal Studios Home Entertainment, 2011.

Catfish is a publically known and award winning film and television series that follows

Catfish is a publically known and award winning film and television series that follows

the path of one man, Nev, through his journey to find a girl he fell in love with online. He

soon comes to find out that the girl on the other end of the computer screen was not the

 
 

person he thought she was

person he thought she was

. This is a documentary style show and movie which brings me

to believe that the film and movie would not have been has popular if it had been staged.

movie would not have been has popular if it had been staged. Comment [VB5]: This a

Comment [VB5]: This a really good way to show the reality or real live scenario of your This a really good way to show the reality or real live scenario of your subject in your paper

However, I suspect that for the means of entertainment, the Catfish television series’

producer chooses to opt out certain details and will sometimes change the story in order

to receive better ratings. The Catfish film and show will be most useful when trying to

find ways to connect my data specific and psychological research to real people.

I may
I may

actually choose one of the “catfish” from the MTV series and attempt to analyze them in

order to figure out what may have caused the individual to misrepresent many portions of

their personality.

their personality.

their personality.

Comment [VB6]: I like this idea a lot I like this idea a lot

may have caused the individual to misrepresent many portions of their personality. Comment [VB6]: I like

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Suler, John. "The Online Disinhibition Effect." CyberPsychology and Behavior. Vol. 7. NY:

New Rochelle, 2004. 321-26. Print.

In this academic publication, Dr. John Suler from Rider University explains why many

people may act different when communicating and interacting online with others. The

term he uses to describe the reason people may act differently is “the disinhibition

effect”.

This effect consists of six distinct factors: dissociative anonymity, the fact that

This effect consists of six distinct factors: dissociative anonymity, the fact that may act differently is “the disinhibition effect”. most people online don’t know the user; invisibility, the

most people online don’t know the user; invisibility, the philosophy that others cannot

observe a user while they browse through various webpages; asynchronicity, the idea that

users do not have interact in real time therefore eliminating the need for an immediate

reaction; solipsistic introjection, the effect that non face to face communication has on

users; dissociative imagination, the act of believing the personas (or characters) made

online reside in an alternate space; and finally, minimizing authority, the ideal that if one

cannot see another’s surroundings, they are unable to know that they are high in a

 
 

societies hierarchy.

By understanding the six traits that online users may experience I am

the six traits that online users may experience I am Comment [VB7]: This is strong research

Comment [VB7]: This is strong research and good data to have for paper

able to better understand why people’s online personality and self-image may differ from

their “real life” persona. This new found understanding has helped me piece together

some possible explanations for why people may deceive others in their online

communities. This publication can be found in an academic article with many other

known professionals that all focus on the topic of cyberspace psychology. This leads me

to believe that Dr. Suler is very credible and that his works are reliable.