Cyberspace A loss of self-awareness, decrease in social inhibitions and increase in impulsivity, related to the virtual anonymity and pseudonymity of the e-world and e-communication Psychology The loss of a sense of selfness and acquisition of a herd mentality and/or group norms, when one is incorporated into a group and confronted with arousing external stimulation
In different ways, or at least with different words, all three would argue that social loafing, social facilitation, and deindividuation have a similar basis.
The important point to come from the present data is that social loafing, social facilitation, and deindividuation need to be discussed in a similar framework of one sort or another: social identity or social consequences.
Furthermore, the primary focus of their study was on collective antisociality among a group of people through the deindividuation phenomenon, which is assumed to induce people in a group to engage in disinhibited behavior through decreased self-awareness (Zimbardo, 1969).
The third prong, or what Waller calls a culture of cruelty, considers the immediate social context within which evil-doing occurs, and concerns such matters as professional socialization ("built on escalating commitments, ritual conduct, and the repression of conscience"), binding factors of the group "that cement one's adherence to the group and its activities (including diffusion of responsibility, deindividuation, and conformity to peer pressure)," and the merger of the role and person.
The same processes that I witnessed in my Stanford Prison Experiment were clearly operating in that remote place: deindividuation, dehumanization, boredom, groupthink, role-playing, rule control and more.