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Facebook study shows college students paint the story of idealized life February 17, 2010

Filed under: emerging adults,Technology — billmacphee @ 11:44 pm

Facebook study co-authored by Temple professor finds emphasis on college rituals.

“It was really interesting to see the visual worlds that students construct for themselves,” said Mendelson. “It’s an argument to each other of the life they wish for and idealize.”

Also notable was what was missing from the photos: family members, especially older family members, and anything related to academics such as studying or going to class.

“The photos are not about the reality of college, but rather building this idealized college experience,” said Papacharissi.

 

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