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Digital Identity: How Social Media Are Influencing Student Learning and Development in College

Jon C. Dalton and Pamela C. Crosby


Identity development is one of the central tasks for young adults during the college years. Social media appear to be reshaping in fundamental ways the processes by which college students explore, clarify, and affirm their personal identities. In this article the authors examine how social media are shaping a new form of digital identity development in college and some of the opportunities and risks that social media present for student learning and development during the college years

Jon C. Dalton is professor emeritus of higher education and a former director of the Hardee Center for Leadership and Ethics at Florida State University (FSU). E-mail: Pamela C. Crosby, a former high school academic center director, is editor of Character Clearinghouse, an online resource center on moral and civic development of college students, sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs at FSU. E-mail:

Published Online: 2013-02-08
Published in Print: 2013-02

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