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College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self

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College Students, Social
Media, Digital Identities,
and the Digitized Self
How do college students conceptualize
who they ...

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“Themajor
achievementof
normaldevelopment
wasafirmandfixed
‘senseofidentity’”
- Gergen
Traditional theories held that…
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“Theattemptinthis
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anontologythat
replacesthevision
oftheboundedself
astheatomofthe
socialworld.”
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College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self

The following is the presentation I used to present my dissertation findings during my public PhD defense. It answers the research question: How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media?

The following is the presentation I used to present my dissertation findings during my public PhD defense. It answers the research question: How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media?

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  1. College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media? Dissertation Defense Paul Gordon Brown February 24, 2016
  2. “Themajor achievementof normaldevelopment wasafirmandfixed ‘senseofidentity’” - Gergen Traditional theories held that… (Gergen, 2000, p. 41)
  3. “Theattemptinthis caseistoconstruct anontologythat replacesthevision oftheboundedself astheatomofthe socialworld.” -Gergen
  4. Question Research How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media?
  5. Roger’s Diffusion of Innovation (Rogers, 2003) sample 16 student College students 18-24 years old ‣ Completing/completed coursework in social media (half) ‣ Identified by college staff has heavy/sophisticated users (half) Student Profile ‣ From a highly selective research university on a residential campus near a major metropolitan area in the Northeast
  6. Weekly 6% Daily 6% Multiple x Per Day 88% FACEBOOK Weekly 13% Daily 19% Multiple x Per Day 69% INSTAGRAM Infrequently 13% Daily 19% Multiple x Per Day 69% SNAPCHAT
  7. Male 25% Female 75% Female 80% Latino/Hispanic 20% Grad 6% 4th Year 69% 3rd Year 13% 2nd Year 13% YEAR GENDERID RACE
  8. Pre-interview Questionnaire ‣ Establish usage patterns of participant Semistructured Interview (First Session, 1 hour) ‣ Understand student social media use ‣ Probe student identities and relationships online Synchronous Ethnographic Tour * (Second Session, 1 hour) ‣ Observe how students interact online ‣ Observe how is identity constructed/understood Semistructured Interview (Third Session, 1 hour) ‣ Probe how students understand self ‣ Examine how sense is made of online/offline life data collection * (Martínez Alemán & Lynk Wartman, 2009, p. 23)
  9. Question Research How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media?
  10. MarciaBaxterMagolda’s TheoryofSelf-Authorship
  11. 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.
  12. IMAGE: CHOMPOO BARITONE
  13. Studentsdevelop towardsowning, ratherthanbe ownedby, technology.
  14. 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.
  15. DigitalIdentities Digitized Development DigitizedSelfhood ReciprocalRelationship
  16. Wenolongerexist asplaywrightsor actorsbutas terminalsof multiplenetworks. -Baudrillard (Baudrillard, 1987/2012, p. 23)
  17. MoreSeparate Digital/PhysicalWorlds MoreIntegrated Digital/PhysicalWorlds Analogies
  18. Question Research How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media?
  19. EducatingForDigitalIdentities ReputationandRules TheImportanceOfReflection ResettingOne’sRelationshipWithSocialMedia OnAuthenticity,BeingGenuine,AndBeingVulnerable HelpingStudentsNavigateDigitizedDevelopment UnderstandingTheTechnology DiscussionsAcrossGenerationalLines ThePositiveEffectsOfSocialMedia ImplicationsforPractice
  20. College Students, Social Media, Digital Identities, and the Digitized Self How do college students conceptualize who they are and how they present themselves when they are engaged in digital and social media? Dissertation Defense Paul Gordon Brown February 24, 2016

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