Antisocial behaviour orders: Unanticipated directions in social network site development

Griffiths, M ORCID:, Light, BA ORCID: and Mcgarrie, RE 2008, Antisocial behaviour orders: Unanticipated directions in social network site development , in: 16th European Conference in Information Systems,, 09-11 June 2008, University of Galway, Ireland,.

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Social network technologies, as we know them today have become a popular feature of everyday life for many people. As their name suggests, their underlying premise is to enable people to connect with each other for a variety of purposes. These purposes however, are generally thought of in a positive fashion. Based on a multi-method study of two online environments, Habbo Hotel and Second Life, which incorporate social networking functionality, we shed light on forms of what can be conceptualized as antisocial behaviours and the rationales for these. Such behaviours included: scamming, racist/homophobic attacks, sim attacks, avatar attacks, non-conformance to contextual norms, counterfeiting and unneighbourly behaviour. The rationales for sub behaviours included: profit, fun, status building, network disruption, accidental acts and prejudice. Through our analysis, we are able to comment upon the difficulties of defining antisocial behaviour in such environments, particularly when such environments, are subject to interpretation via their use and expected norms. We also point to the problems we face in conducting our public and private lives given the role ICTs are playing in the convergence of these two spaces and also the convergence of ICTs themselves.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences
Subjects / Themes > T Technology > T Technology (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Schools > Salford Business School > Salford Business School Research Centre
Refereed: Yes
Depositing User: Dr Marie Griffiths
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2010 11:39
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 10:34
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