Posted on January 19, 2016 by Paul Gordon Brown
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 interacting online. Although my research is not about adolescents, what the girls revealed was in very close alignment with the behaviors I found among the college students in my study. In particular, traditionally aged college students, upon… Read More
Posted on December 1, 2015 by Paul Gordon Brown
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 these social media distortions is that they can lead to dissatisfaction with life and even depression amongst college students. When one constantly consumes perfected images and content, one begins to compare one’s own life against these perfected images. When one… Read More
Posted on November 20, 2015 by Paul Gordon Brown
Every wonder what your favorite social networks looked like if they were translated into musicals? Probably not, but they exist anyways. Here are a few fun, funny and catchy musical numbers about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr.. and as a bonus… Google.