Prosocial behaviors in the cyber context

Michelle F. Wright, Yan Li

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Prosocial behaviors in the cyber context (i.e., the internet, text messages) can be traced back to when the Internet was just a message board, used to share open source software. Following these early investigations of prosocial behaviors, clinicians recognized that the Internet might remove barriers to help seeking. Recent investigations have provided support for the Internet as a place to seek help among various populations. Prosocial behaviors in the cyber context also have benefits for the givers as well, including health benefits, personal satisfaction, and reputational increases. This chapter draws on multidisciplinary research to review prosocial behaviors in the cyber context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Cyber Behavior
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781466603158
StatePublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences


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