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cyber- +‎ disinhibition



cyberdisinhibition (uncountable)

  1. (psychology, Internet) The disinhibition of the expression of negative emotional impulses via on-line interactive media owing to the impalpability of others’ emotional responses — which would normally have a tempering effect on one’s behaviour — arising from the unembodied, artifical nature of such media of interaction.
    • 2006: John Brockman [ed.] and Daniel Goleman [contrib.], “Cyberdisinhibition” in What Is Your Dangerous Idea?: Today’s Leading Thinkers on the Unthinkable, pages 74–76 (Simon & Schuster UK Ltd; ISBN 0743295536, 9780743295536)
      The Internet undermines the quality of human interaction, allowing destructive emotional impulses freer rein under specific circumstances. The reason is a neural fluke that results in cyberdisinhibition of brain systems that keep our more unruly urges in check. […¶] Communication via the Internet can mislead the brain’s social systems. The key mechanisms are in the prefrontal cortex. […¶] In order for this regulatory mechanism to operate well, you depend on real-time, ongoing feedback from the other person. The Internet has no means of allowing such real-time feedback (other than with rarely used two-way audio/visual streams). […] This results in disinhibition: impulse unleashed. [¶…T]his disinhibition becomes far more likely when people feel strong negative emotions. What fails to be inihibited are the impulses those emotions generate. [¶] This phenomenon has been recognized since the earliest days of the Internet…as ‘flaming’: the tendency to send abrasive, angry, or otherwise emotionally ‘off’ cybermessages.