Christine forwarded this to me:
“Online Social Networking on Campus: Understanding What Matters in Student Culture is a professional guide for Higher Education faculty and Student Affairs administrators, which rigorously examines college students’ use of online social networking sites and how they use these to develop relationships both on and off campus. Most importantly, Online Social Networking on Campus investigates how college students use online sites to explore and makes sense of their identities. Providing information taken from interviews, surveys and focus group data, the book presents an ethnographic view of social networking that will help Student Affairs administrators, Information Technology administrators, and faculty better understand and provide guidance to the “neomillennials” on their campuses.”
Interesting. I wonder about not just how social networking is used by students to forge their identities but also how social networking affects their sense of connectedness (heightened anomie due to less real connection? different conception of “real connection” engendered? lessened anomie because of messaging or having a high number of friends?), what effect this different process of developing identity has, how online and offline interaction affect each other, what psychological effects exist.
Maybe I need to go back to sociology.