Presenting at #AIMHO 2016 Today…

I’m pleased to be presenting at the AIMHO 2016 conference alongside my esteemed colleague, Rachel Aho from the University of Utah. In this session we’ll be discussing aspects of research and practice that relate to the developmental challenges and opportunities college students face online. The theoretical underpinnings of this session are drawn from my qualitative study of college students and emerging adults.

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.

Presenting at the Colorado College Personnel Association Conference Today…

I am excited to be joining my professional colleagues in Colorado for the annual Colorado College Personnel Association Campus.  The theme of this one-day drive-in is “Professional Development in the Digital Age,” so it’s very appropriate that I attend and engage.  I will be giving the Keynote in the morning and will alter be serving on a panel entitled, “Developing Your Student Affairs Digital Toolbox,” with Matt Birnbaum, Matthew Brinton, Jeddiah Cummins, and Colleen Sonnentag. Below you will find the slide deck I am using for my Keynote.  It is one of… Read More

3 Insights on College Student Self Esteem from “Let me Take a #Selfie”

In the three months since it’s release, the video “#Selfie (Let Me Take a Selfie)” has been viewed nearly 100 million times on YouTube and has gone into heavy rotation.  Although tongue-in-cheek, the video reveals some surprising nuggets of wisdom regarding social media engagement, particularly around Instagram.  It also provides interesting insights into the underlying psychology of its users, particularly those of traditional college age.  Colleges and universities are only now beginning to react to this trend.  Some institutions have gone so far as to put in place “selfie bans,” while others have… Read More

The Cult of the Like and The Millennial Generation

One of the more interesting phenomena I’ve come across in some of my research on college student interactions through social media is something I call the “Cult of the Like.” The “Like,” or the “Favorite,” or whatever your preferred social media network happens to call it, is a way of indicating agreement, acknowledgement, or affinity for a social media posting. Facebook’s own help section describes it as follows: