John Suler's The Psychology of Cyberspace
This article dated May 96 (1.0)
Unique Roles in Cyberspace
Because cyberspace is a new realm for human interactions, it creates opportunities for new "species" of humans to evolve. There are a wide variety of unprecedented roles in the cyberworld - new jobs, avocations, and callings. Psychology can focus on the these unique people, such as lurkers, snerts, hackers, live-cam'ers, flamers, IRC ops, telecommuters, wizards, gods, and, of course, cyberologists... to name a few. What are their lives in cyberspace like? What are these people like? Understanding the social backgrounds, cognitive skills, and personality styles of these people are all components of cyberpsychology.
See also in The Psychology of Cyberspace:
Identity managment in cyberspace
Wizards: The heart of an online community
Managing deviant behavior in online communities
On being a "god"
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