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Title: Understanding attribution bias and reasons behind internet infidelity in India
Authors: Sahni, Sanjeev P
Jain, Garima
Keywords: Attribution bias
Internet infidelity
Dispositional factors
Extradyadic relationships
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: Springer
Citation: In Cybercrime, Organized Crime, and Societal Responses, 2017, 47-65
Abstract: 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).
ISBN: 9783319444994
Appears in Collections:JGU Research Publications

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