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The Psychology of Anonymity

GamePro: By examining psychology studies on deindividuation, we look at how anonymity in video games impacts player behavior.

You may remember a book called Lord of the Flies that you were supposed to read for school. If you at least read the back cover in the few panicked moments before class, you probably know that it follows a group of choir boys who crash-land on an island and have their entire moral system yanked out from underneath them. At one point, a lad named Jack (no, not that Jack and not that island) tries to slaughter a pig, but he's stymied by the last of his civilized self-restraint.

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