DOWNLOAD MY DISSERTATION: College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self

I am happy to finally make my entire final dissertation available for all to download and read.  This document represents some of the first qualitative research into how traditionally aged college students use social media and its impact on their development and how they construct identities online.  If you want a more detailed description, I’ve included the abstract below. Interested in downloading it?  In addition to the dissertation now being available on the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database, I’ve also made it available as direct download here from my website.

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 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