The Unbearable Likeness of Being Digital: The Persistence of Nonverbal Social Norms in Online Virtual Environments

  title={The Unbearable Likeness of Being Digital: The Persistence of Nonverbal Social Norms in Online Virtual Environments},
  author={Nick Yee and Jeremy N. Bailenson and Mark Urbanek and Francis Chang and Dan Merget},
  journal={Cyberpsychology & behavior : the impact of the Internet, multimedia and virtual reality on behavior and society},
  volume={10 1},
Every day, millions of users interact in real-time via avatars in online environments, such as massively-multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). These online environments could potentially be unique research platforms for the social sciences and clinical therapy, but it is crucial to first establish that social behavior and norms in virtual environments are comparable to those in the physical world. In an observational study of Second Life, a virtual community, we collected data from… CONTINUE READING
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