Explication and Classification of Social Deviations on the Internet: Cyberdeviation as a New Social Phenomenon
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University of Warsaw
Submission date: 2020-12-13
Acceptance date: 2023-06-02
Publication date: 2023-06-28
Polish Sociological Review 2023;222(2):231-248
The aim of the presented study is to conceptualize and regulate the meaning of the term social cyberdeviation. The analysis carried out in the first part was based on the etymological and inductive methods, as well as contextual analysis with the definitions of cross-border cybercrime. To achieve the aim of the work and indicate the contents of the concept, it turned out to be necessary to determine whether it is possible to indicate the existence of standards among the online virtual community that are recognized by most of its members. The nominal definition of cyberdeviation as a violation of the norms prevailing in the virtual community is the starting point for the second part of the article, the purpose of which is to classify activities that violate the norms in cyberspace. The gradation of behavior indicates that the situations on the Internet are: low-intensity activities that focus primarily on social norms, not legal norms; medium intensity, where the criterion is a violation of a legal norm; high intensity acts that are legally penalized nor accepted in the entire community, which clearly violate social norms.
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