Cyber Behavior

Cyber Behavior

Rotimi Taiwo (Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch290
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Background

Social networking refers to the use of the Internet to connect with people generally and build a network of friends, professional colleagues, business associates, and so forth. Some of the popular social networking sites are: Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. Facebook is one of the most popular social networking sites among Internet users all over the world. Blogging is the act of hosting a personal website which is updated with information and allows for discussion and interaction with other web users. Networking on the Internet facilitates other behaviors such as Internet chats instant messaging and discussions.

Key Terms in this Chapter

E-Voting: A system in which the identification of voters, casting or counting of votes in political elections and referendums employ the use of information and communication technology devices.

Cyberbullying: As a behavior that involves the use of cell phones, instant messaging, e-mail, chat rooms or social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter to harass, threaten or intimidate or support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others.

E-Mailing: The act of sending and receiving electronic mail.

Blogging: The act of hosting a personal website which is updated with information and allows for discussion and interaction with other web users.

Internet Chat: Is a kind of real time communication on the Internet. In a chat, a message, usually employing short forms and abbreviations are typed and received by all participants who are logged on simultaneously.

Flaming: The use of hostile and insulting expressions in order to ridicule a person or a group of persons in online communication.

E-Banking: The use of the electronic media, especially the computer to carry out banking transactions such as withdrawals through cash dispensers (automatic teller machines) or transfer of funds at point of sales and and several other financial management processes.

E-Learning: A form of learning done through the use of electronic technology which aids the acquisition and development of knowledge and understanding in order to demonstrable and positively influence behaviors. In e-learning, the Internet provides a learning environment, which is learner-oriented for the students and teachers.

E-Shopping: The act of transacting purchases of goods and services on the Internet from the comfort of their homes or offices.

Online Dating: The act of searching for, being introduced to and starting a romantic relationship on the Internet by sharing personal information.

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