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Blurring Safety Between Online and Offline Worlds: Archival, Correlational, and Experimental Evidence of Generalized Threat in the Digital Age

Abstract Decades of research in cyberpsychology and human-computer interaction has pointed to a strong distinction between the online and offline worlds, suggesting that attitudes and behaviors in one domain do not necessarily generalize to the other. However, as humans spend increasing amounts of time in the digital world, psychological understandings of safety may begin to influence human perceptions of threat while online. This dissertation therefore examines whether perceived threat generalizes between domains across archival, correlational, and experimental research methods. Four studies offer insight into the relationship between objective indicators of physical and online safety on the levels of nation and state; the relationship between perc... (more)
Created Date 2017
Contributor Bodford, Jessica Erin (Author) / Kwan, Virginia S. Y. (Advisor) / Adame, Bradley (Committee member) / Kenrick, Douglas T. (Committee member) / Shakarian, Paulo (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Social psychology / Communication / Computer science / cybersecurity / extended parallel process model / online offline comparison / online safety / safety / security sentiment
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 155 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation Psychology 2017
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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