Trust and social interaction on the Internet

Melanie C. Green

in Oxford Handbook of Internet Psychology

Published in print February 2009 | ISBN: 9780199561803
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743771 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Trust and social interaction on the Internet

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This article focuses on interactions and relationships that start on the Internet. Relationships that begin online pose unique challenges: false identities are easy to create and difficult to verify. Visual and non-verbal cues are typically absent, despite the technical possibilities for video and audio transmissions. Because individuals communicating online are likely to be geographically distant from one another, it is often impossible to rely on mutual acquaintances to vouch for the trustworthiness of a person.

Keywords: Internet dating; online relationships; online interactions; false identities; trustworthiness; visual cues; non-verbal cues

Article.  5679 words. 

Subjects: Social Psychology ; Cognitive Psychology

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