Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/80810
Title: Group identification as a mediator of the effect of players’ anonymity on cheating in online games
Authors: Chen, Vivian Hsueh-Hua
Wu, Yuehua
Keywords: DRNTU::Social sciences::Communication::Communication theories and models
Issue Date: 2013
Source: Chen, V. H. H., & Wu, Y. (2015). Group identification as a mediator of the effect of players’ anonymity on cheating in online games. Behaviour & Information Technology, 34(7), 658-667.
Series/Report no.: Behaviour & Information Technology
Abstract: This study aims to add to the discussion about the applicability of the classical deindividuation theory and social identity model of deindividuation effects (SIDE) in explaining online behaviours. It explores the effect of anonymity in facilitating social influence of group identity in online game cheating. A nationally representative survey was conducted face to face. Results from the survey administered in Singapore confirm predictions derived from the SIDE and challenge the classical deindividuation theory. Specifically, it was concluded that the frequency of gaming with online strangers (anonymous gaming) significantly predicted the frequency of cheating in online games. The effect of anonymity on game cheating was found to be significantly mediated by the group identification with online gaming communities/groups. Gender differences were found. Male gamers cheated more frequently than female gamers. Female gamers are more likely to cheat as a consequence of group identification than male gamers. Implications and future research are discussed.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/80810
http://hdl.handle.net/10220/38878
DOI: 10.1080/0144929X.2013.843721
Rights: © 2013 Taylor & Francis. This is the author created version of a work that has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication by Behaviour & Information Technology, Taylor & Francis. It incorporates referee’s comments but changes resulting from the publishing process, such as copyediting, structural formatting, may not be reflected in this document. The published version is available at: [http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0144929X.2013.843721].
Fulltext Permission: open
Fulltext Availability: With Fulltext
Appears in Collections:WKWSCI Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
final TBIT-2013-0067.R3.pdf345.35 kBAdobe PDFThumbnail
View/Open

SCOPUSTM   
Citations 20

11
checked on Sep 5, 2020

WEB OF SCIENCETM
Citations 20

9
checked on Oct 16, 2020

Page view(s) 20

238
checked on Oct 23, 2020

Download(s) 20

524
checked on Oct 23, 2020

Google ScholarTM

Check

Altmetric


Plumx

Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.