Social emotional development theorists : Social Development

Social emotional development theorists

14645058_sIt is important to understand college students experiences with social media from a student development perspective. Woven into their daily lives, technology tells a story of their development, transition and college success. Some students have a digital footprint as early as Myspace, from their parents’ baby photo postings. Access to social media sites is typically officially allowed around 13, but students can find their way online earlier.

By the time a students comes to college, social media has already impacted and influenced their development and identity. With no formalized theory of student digital identity, the transitions, stages or phases of social media use for young adults are not crystal clear.

Social media aside, young adults experience a significant amount of development during their college age years. A variety of research, including theories and frameworks, provide reference throughout the entire developmental process. Starting with identity development, psychology lays the groundwork throughout the lifespan of what occurs during emerging adulthood in identity formation.

This post will seek to build a bridge between student development theory and current social media activity and research on college students, in the hopes to challenge paradigms, and explore new frameworks. Only a few theories will be covered, already applied to existing publicized research.

16357049_sPlug-in for this student development theory remix, the backbone of which is based on theories from Marcia, Chickering, Astin, Tinto and Kuh. Researchers like Junco, Ellison, Heiberger and Vitak push theories even further by applying social media study findings.

Emerging Adult Identity Development

The majority of college students range from 18-25, a crucial time in adult development. Studies on this time period in a person’s life have resulted in many comprehensive theories on student development. During this period, teens move from adolescence into adulthood development. As a whole, identity development takes individuals through two experiences: exploration and commitment (Marcia, 1966). College is a key period of time for both of these actions.

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by karmadas

I've read the list you provided - instances where your gf got jealous. When I interact with someone that has an upset or a problem, I ask them about two things in particular: what is their perception of the problem and, what are their strategies and solutions to resolve the problem.
From what you describe, she perceives that she has a problem with jealousy. Her strategy to resolve her problem involves you making changes in your behaviour so that she doesn't feel emotions that makes her uncomfortable.
The fact that she wants you to made adjustments to accomidate her distress reflects an immaturity and a lack of understanding on her part

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