Here are two questions you don’t often see next to each other.
- Why do academics need to “publish or perish?”
- Why do teens love to post online pictures of themselves doing silly things?
While their circumstances couldn’t be more different, I believe that the motivations for both groups are remarkably similar and comes down to four principles: visibility, reciprocity, creativity and authority.
These are some of the guiding beliefs of a group that has been called “The Selfie Generation.” But they are also those that encourage all of us, more than ever before, to share who we are and what we do using inexpensive, omnipresent digital technology and social networks.