Most of you reading this will have no first-hand experience of life before the internet. But it’s still a recent development. It was only in 1989 that the English computer scientist Timothy Berners-Lee created the world wide web. Since then it has had an extraordinary impact on people’s lives, and their social lives in particular. This page explores one aspect of that impact — what media psychologists call online disinhibition.
David Rowan, editor of Wired UK and the first person to mention YouTube in the British media, says:
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