PERSONAL: identity & relationships (Feb. 12 – Mar. 4)

Week 6 • impact on identity • Feb. 12 – Feb. 18

whoamiRead/view –

Be sure to review the note in each item that specifies what section to read from each text. It’s not as much reading as it might appear.

  1. The Guardian’s “‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia” (2017) article 
  2. Pew Research Center “Social Media Update 2016” [skim as resource] (2016) research
  3. Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence “Analyzing Personality through Social Medial Profile Picture Choice” [abstract and conclusion only] (2016) research
  4. Ted Talk “The curly fry conundrum: Why social media “likes” say more than you think” 9:51M (2013) video
  5. Personality and Individual Differences “The Big Five, self-esteem, and narcissism as predictors of the topics people write about in Facebook status updates” [abstract only] (2015) scholarship
  6. PloS One “Personality, Gender, and Age in the Language of Social Media: The Open-Vocabulary Approach” [abstract only] (2013) scholarship
  7. Memory “Externalising the autobiographical self: sharing personal memories online facilitated memory retention” (2016) abstract
  8. News Media & Society “The spatial self: Location-based identity performance on social media” [only abstract and examples … Search “for example” Ctrl-F … you will find 8 instances to review for context to subject … interesting observations] (2015) scholarship
  9. Body Image “Social comparisons on social media: The impact of Facebook on young women’s body image concerns and mood” (2015) abstract
  10. Health “Really Narcissists?” (2017) article
  11. selfiecity [specifically, “Findings” section … play with “Selfiexploratory” tool … You can also check out a related site, inequaligram, optionally] (2017) research site
  12. Boston Wellness “Accepting Facebook Friend Requests Is Good for You, Study Says” (2016) and the abstract/findings of study the article describes, “Online social integration is associated with reduced mortality risk” (2016) – note the differences between the description of the study and the actual study
  13. Enter your name in FamilyTreeNow site

Optional: Excerpt from “Chamath Palihapitiya, Founder and CEO Social Capital, on Money as an Instrument of Change” (2017) video starting at 21:21M

Post reading response 4 (by Mon., Feb. 12 @ 11:59p)

Attend class – discuss readings, question your identity, evaluate credibility of research

Submit Blog #4 (by Sun., Feb. 18 @ 11:59p) – Review your own digital footprint. Write a post that critically evaluates your online presence and activity in light of the readings. To see Facebook activity, you can use this link. Include the following:

  • a brief summary of the social media accounts you have for personal use, not professional
  • an evaluation of what you feel your profile photo on one or more of the accounts says about you, particularly based on #3 above, including why you chose the photo – dig a little (say more than “it was flattering”)
  • a review of your last five or so posts/updates where you generated the words and/or images, which did not have an explicit call to action or were shares, prior to this class – analyze what you expected to achieve through your postings – ex. why did you post a note about how you were feeling to 800 people?
  • screenshots or links where appropriate
  • any other analysis or commentary about your digital presence based on the readings above
  • Optional: If you want to sacrifice your privacy, you can go to StatusHistory and it will tell you how many times you’ve posted to Facebook, as well as how many comments and Likes you’ve received, along with your top 10 Likers/Commenters. Or you can go to VonVon to generate a word cloud based on your most used Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter words.

Add a category to your post: Blog #4. Post a link to your blog on Canvas.

Week 7 • impact on personal relationships • Feb. 19 – Feb. 25

social-media-and-datingRead/view – 

  1. Study “Executive Summary – Society’s New Addiction: Getting a “Like” over Having a Life”
  2. Social Media Collective “The Oversharer (and Other Social Media Experiments)” (2011) blog
  3. NYTimes “The Unspoken Rules Kids Create for Instagram” (2017) article
  4. Your own scholarly article, study, or research on the impact of social media on personal relationships published 2014 or later

Be prepared for a reading quiz – one page handwritten notes ok

Attend class – take reading quiz, discuss readings, develop list of social media norms of behavior

Submit Blog #5 (by Sun., Feb. 25 @ 11:59p) – Instructions: Do a social media breaching experiment with a partner and post about it. Do this:

  1. Identify an unspoken rule or norm related to social media use (e.g., not Liking photos posted years ago or replying to political posts with comments about color theory). See “The Oversharer” blog above for ideas.
  2. Think of how to violate or breach that rule on a specific social media platform (i.e., how you can break the rule).
  3. Design and conduct the experiment using both of your social media accounts.
  4. Do the experiment at least ten times each to collect data on what happens when the rule is violated.
  5. Write one post identifying both partners that describes your experiment, why you chose that rule or norm to violate, and the results. What happened when you violated the rule? Was there one kind of response or did everyone act differently. How did you collect your data? Then offer some analysis. Why do you feel that people behaved the way they did? What does this say about how or why we interact the way we do online?

Add a category to your post: Blog #5. Post a link to your blog on Canvas as a Group Assignment. Note: Only one person needs to post these links. 

Week 8 • personal branding for career development • Feb. 26 – Mar. 4

animatedRead/view – 

  1. NPR “Using Social Media, Students Aspire To Become ‘Influencers’” 3:17M (2017) podcast
  2. Kawasaki and Fitzpatrick The Art of Social Media, p. 1 – 70 (2014) book
  3. Google Images samples of coordinated and clever profile images (2018) search results
  4. Marketing Tech “The 2017 Social Media Image Sizes Cheat Sheet” blog (reference only – exclude from reading response)

Post reading response 5  (by Mon., Feb. 26 @ 11:59p)

Attend class – discuss readings, work on personal identity project

Submit personal identity project (by Sun., Mar. 4 @ 11:59p)


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