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After the App: The Social Media Lives of College Students

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Originally presented to faculty and staff at Western Washington University on February 7, 2017. This presentation provides an overview of my research regarding how social media impacts the developmental experiences of college undergraduates.

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After the App: The Social Media Lives of College Students

  1. w/ Dr. @PaulGordonBrown AfterTheApp TheSocialMediaLivesofCollegeStudents
  2. @paulgordonbrown www.paulgordonbrown.com paulgordonbrown@gmail.com
  3. @paulgordonbrown
  4. @paulgordonbrown
  5. “Iusedtotrytonotbefriendswith mymomandmyauntsandstuff, butnowI'mactuallyfriendswitha lotofthembecauseIfeellike they’reusingitmorethanIam.” Ryan
  6. “Formymom,herprivacysettingsarewaystronger thaneveryoneelse’s.Ispecifically[setmyprivacy settingssomymother]cannotlookat[my] pictures… Shealwaysasksme,‘Whycan’tIseeyourpictures?’ [Ireply],‘Idon’tknowmom,youknow, it’saFacebookproblem.’” Logan
  7. “Ihaveallmygrandparentsandaunts andunclesonFacebooksoIcouldsee howthatwouldn'tbeappealingto youngerpeople.Thenyouhavethe pressureoftheauntwhokeepstryingto friendyou.Thathappenedtomeafew yearsagoandIkeptignoring,andshe wouldbringitupatChristmas.” Ryan
  8. “Allofmyauntsand unclesjustgotFacebook. Ithinkbecausetheyhave notasmany[friends]… AnythingthatIpost,ever, isinstantlycommentedon byallofthem.It'shilarious. Likeeverysingletime.” Ellie
  9. “Myauntsandmyfamily,theyareverymuch activeon[Facebook].It'snewtothem,soto getalikefromtheirniecewouldbeexciting… IprobablylikethingsthatIdon'tevenlike… Myauntjustpostedthis… I’llprobablyjustlikeitbecauseIhaven'tcalled herinawhile.” Ryan
  10. “‘Oh,Idon’treallycarewhatIputup there.’…That'showmymomstarted out.Nowshetakesselfieswithher phonebeforegoingouttodinnerwith mydad.Shespentalotoftimedoingit… They'reconstructinganonlineidentityat middleage.It'sjustweirdtowatch.” Ryan
  11. “It'sweirdtolookovermymom’sshoulderandsee shetookabunchofpicturesofus,andshe's thinkingaboutwhatcaptionstoput.It'sfunnytosee herbackspaceanddoitagain,backspaceanddoit again.Ineverthoughtofmymomassomeonewho wasconcernedabout[it].Sheprobablyseesher friendsdoingprettyinterestingthingslikegoinginto NewYorkCity.Allofasuddenshe'slike,‘I'vegotto sharepictureswhenIdothingslikethattoo…’ Idon'tknow,it'sfunny.” Ryan
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  13. Loss
  14. Prince Ea: Can We Auto-Correct Humanity?
  15. GainLossvs
  16. Gain
  17. Jason Silva: Shots of Awe
  18. GainLossvs
  19. Just because you use social media… doesn’t mean well. you know how to use it @paulgordonbrown
  20. myth the of the Digital Native
  21. 1 2 We’re Going To Explore Two Topics Today Digital Identity or Reputation Digitized Development @paulgordonbrown
  22. Digital Identity @paulgordonbrown@paulgordonbrown
  23. Digital Identity @paulgordonbrown Or more accurately, digital identities, are the personas, data, and actions we take online as well as the reputation of those identities and how they are viewed by others. @paulgordonbrown
  24. @paulgordonbrown
  25. digital stamp @paulgordonbrown
  26. FROM THE WOMB! We even have digital stamps @paulgordonbrown
  27. Your Name @paulgordonbrown
  28. Your Name What is the first thing that comes up? Is it you? Is it someone else? What do you want to come up?
  29. BE AWARE! @paulgordonbrown
  30. We need to educate each other on digital reputation.
  31. TheInternetIs Forever @paulgordonbrown
  32. Yourparents willprobably postan embarrassing pictureasa #TBT. @paulgordonbrown
  33. Mistakesand embarrassing photoscan followus forever.
  34. THINK POST beforeyou @paulgordonbrown
  35. collegesandemployers arelistening @paulgordonbrown
  36. of recruiters use or plan to begin using social networks/social media for recruiting 94% Jobvite Social Recruiting Survey 2013
  37. @paulgordonbrown
  38. PrivacyIs YourProblem @paulgordonbrown
  39. You assume RESPONSIBILITY! When it comes to privacy… @paulgordonbrown
  40. raiseyour privacy settings @paulgordonbrown
  41. BUT @paulgordonbrown
  42. itlowers yourpotential impact @paulgordonbrown
  43. PUBLIC PRIVATE @paulgordonbrown
  44. @paulgordonbrown
  45. BeA Digital Change Agent @paulgordonbrown
  46. clicktivism go beyond How do we define “meaningful” participation? Adam Gismondi, Ph.D. @AdamGismondi / @TuftsIDHE Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
  47. social media and civic engagement… Allows fast, customized information gathering Facilitates information sharing Drives civic learning and organization Adam Gismondi, Ph.D. @AdamGismondi / @TuftsIDHE Institute for Democracy & Higher Education
  48. but it also… Lead to an avoidance of civil debate Adam Gismondi, Ph.D. @AdamGismondi / @TuftsIDHE Institute for Democracy & Higher Education Create an intimidating environment for early-stage development
  49. Digital Identity @paulgordonbrown@paulgordonbrown
  50. Digitized Development @paulgordonbrown@paulgordonbrown
  51. Digitized Development @paulgordonbrown is the underlying developmental processes that inform how we understand ourselves and our behavior in digital spaces. Digitized development can carry unique properties from offline development. @paulgordonbrown
  52. It’s A Psychological Process! @paulgordonbrown
  53. eRezLife Digitized Development
  54. MarciaBaxterMagolda’s TheoryofSelf-Authorship
  55. Student explores and experiments openly with social media. This is strongly influenced by authorities (parents/guardians) through access and peers through peer culture. Student does not understand how online and offline interactions can impact each other or possess a sophisticated understanding of context. Student makes conscious choices about social media usage and how it fits into life desires, outlook, and goals. Student realizes that one’s online life requires constant renegotiation as one’s goals, needs, contexts, and circumstances change. @paulgordonbrown
  56. Pursuitof Likes @paulgordonbrown
  57. “HowmanyLikesdid yourpostget?” “Whatdoesthatmean?” Addie
  58. “Thatnumberinitself doesn’tmeananything unlessyoucompareitto otherposts.” -Addie @paulgordonbrown
  59. “Thenyougetinthatwhole thingwherepeoplestart comparingthemselvesto otherpeople.Thatreallyisn’t thebestroutetogodown.” Addie “You’rethinkingaboutit toomuch.”
  60. IMAGE: CHOMPOO BARITONE Curating Perfected Images
  61. “…inthebackofmy mindthere’sacertain standardofinteraction thatIgetoneverysingle tweetthatIwantto makesureIdon’tdrop below.” -Mesut
  62. IMAGE: CHOMPOO BARITONE Selective Viewof Reality
  63. Higton Bros: What’s On Your Mind
  64. “…weusesocialmediaasa highlightreelofourlivesand howmanytimesoutoften wouldyousaythatyou wouldn'tpostsomething becauseit'snotahighlight.” -Hallie @paulgordonbrown
  65. There'salotoftimeswhenyouthinkthat peoplehavethebestlifeeverbecauseof whatthey'reposting. Wheninreality they'regoingthroughalot,andprobably manysimilarthingsthatyouare,but becausethey'repostingallthisfunstuff, youthinkthattheirlivesareperfect.” -Hallie
  66. masks adance outfits
  67. “…it’salmostlikedoinga dancethatyoucan’tbe toomuchofsomething.” -Liam @paulgordonbrown
  68. games playing
  69. “I'vegottokeepup.” -Annie @paulgordonbrown
  70. “Yeahit’sexhausting… it’swhatcausesmy unhappiness… thecomparisonsget sointense… IfeellikeI’mjusta constantfailure” -Logan
  71. IMAGE: CHOMPOO BARITONE Consuming Perfected Images
  72. “That’swhat,Iassume,[is] causingmygreatest dissatisfactionat[college]. Seeingmylifeincomparison toothers.” -Logan @paulgordonbrown
  73. “Idefinitelythinkaboutit morethanIshould.” -Ashley @paulgordonbrown
  74. Weneedtolearn toown,rather thanbeowned by,technology. @paulgordonbrown
  75. social media can be used for so much MORE
  76. be a good partner in learning
  77. Stay current ontech trends.
  78. ISTE STANDARDS FOR STUDENTS 2016
  79. 2016 ISTE Standards for Students
  80. teacheachother inunderstanding thesetools @paulgordonbrown
  81. teacheach otherhowto collaborateand accomplish groupwork online @paulgordonbrown
  82. learndigital citizenshipskills @paulgordonbrown
  83. become digitally literate @paulgordonbrown
  84. Teachand learnabout managing digital reputations. @paulgordonbrown
  85. making mistakes isbetter than faking perfections
  86. don’t lead fearwith @paulgordonbrown
  87. don’t lead with shame @paulgordonbrown
  88. vulnerable be @paulgordonbrown
  89. It’sokay…andevenadvised… totakeabreakfrom technologyonoccasion.
  90. be a good partner in learning
  91. @paulgordonbrown www.paulgordonbrown.com paulgordonbrown@gmail.com
  92. MoreSeparate Digital/PhysicalWorlds MoreIntegrated Digital/PhysicalWorlds Analogies
  93. “Differentmasks,orthe differentfacesI'llputonfor differentsocialmedia platforms.It’snotnecessarily thatI'macompletelydifferent person,butit'sjustdifferent.” -Meghan
  94. “Ihavethisoneidentitybutit kindofmoldsalittlebittomatch whatisnecessaryforeachsocial network.Notnecessarilylying aboutmyselfit’sjustthatIkindof fitmyidentityintothatspecific oneIguess.” -Logan
  95. “It'slikeapieceofyouand eachsocialmediaoutletisa differentpieceofyou…” -Grace

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