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[Xmca-l] Re: risk awareness and aversion in online spaces

Hi Ian,

This is a little general.  What type of risk awareness and/or aversion.  Is it a general sense of Internet anxiety - there has been some research on this?  Or is it an aversion to specific activities on the Internet.  For instance some of the research we have been doing suggests that individuals (in this case college students) have different levels of aversion between simply communicating on the Internet, worries about whether they will be overwhelmed with data, or whether they actually put themselves out on the Internet in terms of actually generating new information, or even responding to the posts of others.  Our findings suggest much greater confidence (actually self-efficacy) in communication and being able to handle a lot of information, less in actually posting.

Or is it a fear on teachers' part that students will know more about using the Internet than they do and fear using it and giving up their place as experts in the educational process.  There is some (not much) research on this - and it might be partially urban legend.

Anyway, just interested if you are finding something more specific.

From: xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu [xmca-l-bounces@mailman.ucsd.edu] on behalf of Ian O'Byrne [wiobyrne@gmail.com]
Sent: Friday, November 28, 2014 2:11 PM
To: eXtended Mind, Culture, Activity
Cc: juliebwise@comcast.net
Subject: [Xmca-l]  risk awareness and aversion in online spaces

Dear colleagues,

In our research we're seeing signs of this form of risk awareness and/or
aversion as it relates to digital identity construction and sharing in
online spaces. Specifically, participants are making decisions about what &
how to share content in online spaces while considering what others will
think about their digital identity as an educator.

I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this in their work...and what
citations or literature do you reference. We're having trouble nailing down
a specific field or construct.

Thanks in advance,