Understanding attribution bias and reasons behind internet infidelity in India

Jain, Garima and Sahni, Sanjeev P. (2017) Understanding attribution bias and reasons behind internet infidelity in India. In: Cybercrime, organized crime, and societal responses. Springer, pp. 47-65. ISBN 9783319830667

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It has been alleged that social pathologies are beginning to surface in cyberspace. The present study examined whether attribution-making process serve as a mechanism for a partner’s extradyadic involvement with some else through Internet. It extends insight into the prevalence, attribution, and rationale behind indulging in Internet Infidelity. A pilot study was conducted in North India (n = 488) where a survey questionnaire was administered. Study 1 attempted to address the question by comparing attributions, perception, and attitude towards online acts of infidelity of the two set of participants: Those who admitted their involvement in Internet Infidelity (Group A) and those who were never involved in Internet Infidelity (Group B) of Online Infidelity. Meta-analysis yielded two components: Dispositional factors (which included three sub-factors: (a) Strong Moral Values, (b) Religious Principles, (c) Not wanting to Cheat on One’s Partner) and Situational factors (which also included three sub-factors: (a) Fear of Being Caught, (b) Lack of Knowledge, (c) Internet Inaccessibility). It was found that Perpetrators attributed situation factors and non-perpetrators attributed dispositional factors behind non indulgence or disengagement of people in Internet Infidelity. Study 2 investigates the reasons of perpetrators (Married and In a committed relationship) behind involvement in Internet Infidelity. Findings demonstrated significantly different reasons behind involvement in extradyadic online relationship between respondents who are Married (Emotional Support, Frustration, Boredom) and In a Relationship (Peer Pressure, Desire to Explore).

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Attribution bias | Internet infidelity | Cyberspace | Dispositional factors | Extradyadic relationships
Subjects: Physical, Life and Health Sciences > Computer Science
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Behavioral Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Arjun Dinesh
Date Deposited: 09 May 2022 13:20
Last Modified: 09 May 2022 13:20
Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-44501-4_3
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/2943


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