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The Secret Digital Lives Of Today’s Rising Freshmen

This American Life recently posted a podcast called “Status Update” that delved into the online behavior of three teenage girls who were entering high school.  The girls spoke at length about Instagram and the complex rules that govern how they use it, how they maintain their social connections, and the “rules” of the “game” when…

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My PhD Dissertation on College Students and Social Media Reduced To 96 Quotes

Don’t want to spend the time reading through 300 pages of my dissertation work on college students, social media, identity, and selfhood?  No problem.  I pulled out 96 “quotable quotes” from the text.  Consider it the “Reader’s Digest of Dissertations.”  Wondering why 96 and not… 100…?  I just went through the whole thing until I…

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How Instagram Perverts The Developing College Student Mind

I came across these compelling images the other day and they immediately struck a chord with me.  Thai photographer Chompoo Baritone posted them to his Facebook page.  They demonstrate how Instagram photos often portray a selective view of reality–often a “perfected image” of life. In my research, I have found that one of the effects of…

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Playing Around With Concepts Of College Student Digitized Self-Authorship

Although not the specific focus of my research, it nevertheless occurred to me that some of the behaviors I noticed students exhibiting in my research followed well known and well established developmental patterns.  As a thought experiment, I tried to map some of these behaviors to the classic developmental theories of Marcia Baxter Magolda and…