National college scholars network – the umbrella group of scholars at universities around the world – has released a report outlining the psychology of thinking in the modern world, focusing on the impact of digital technologies, media consumption and social media on scholars’ understanding of the world.
The report, which was released last week and is now available to all members of the group, provides insight into how digital technologies have reshaped the way that scholars interact with their audiences and how these new tools may influence the way scholars engage with the media.
According to the report, the rise of social media has “triggered a new mindset among scholars.”
“The emergence of social networks is often accompanied by the growth of the digital media ecosystem,” the report states.
“In the 21st century, we have experienced a new shift in our research, where scholars are becoming more digital-focused.
In the digital era, scholars are no longer content to merely follow a particular scholarly journal.
They now are interested in following a broader range of scholarly sources, and to the extent that this means reading more widely, the digital medium is becoming a significant driver of the way we research.”
The report is the first to outline how digital media is impacting academic engagement in a world where the importance of the academic enterprise is rapidly growing.
In the new environment, academics are increasingly turning to social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn and YouTube Red to stay in touch with their academic and scholarly community.
These social platforms are increasingly becoming tools for scholarly communication and collaboration.
The rise of digital media has been accompanied by a new attitude among scholars.
In many ways, the new approach is to think in terms of a social media platform, not a journal.
The new mindset has created new pressures on the role of journals and scholarly communities, and is leading to a shift in the way in which scholars engage in scholarly communication, the report explains.
“The digital environment has created a new environment in which researchers are no long content to simply follow a specific journal, but instead are now interested in reading more broadly,” the authors of the report write.
“The digital era has also created a greater demand for scholarly community and research.
The digital era also has increased the importance to researchers of collaboration, with researchers increasingly looking for ways to share their research with others and the world.”
The new mindset is also leading to the rise in the use of social networking sites.
According to the study, the number of people sharing and interacting with scholarly content on social media sites has increased by 50 percent in the past decade.
The number of scholarly posts shared has also increased by 75 percent.
The report identifies two major trends: “the emergence of a ‘self-promotion’ culture, which encourages people to ‘get a reputation’ and ‘follow’ their interests on social networking, and the increased use of digital platforms to promote and share scholarly work and research, and also to promote research itself.”
“Self-promoting” is a term used to describe a phenomenon in which individuals, often individuals who do not have a scholarly background, seek to promote their own personal and professional accomplishments, to gain recognition, to be seen as more competent or more successful, or to boost their own self-image.
According the report:”It is not surprising that, in the 21 st century, researchers are increasingly seeking to be viewed as competent or successful or to be recognized as ‘good’ by others.
It is not just a matter of ‘self promotion’, but a new, global phenomenon.””
This new mindset also leads to a new approach to social networking,” the researchers explain.
“For example, some researchers may have their own social media profiles that they are creating for their own use and may have created and shared the profiles of others.
Some scholars may have found ways to monetize their social media presence by providing content to their scholarly audiences or by engaging in ‘tweeting’ or ‘sharing’ activities that are ‘part of the scholarly ecosystem.'””
Researchers are now increasingly turning their attention to social platforms to create a more engaging scholarly experience for their audiences,” the paper continues.
“A new emphasis on ‘community-building’ is evident in the increasingly popular forms of social interaction on social networks, such as group conversations, group videos, groups of scholars in different parts of the same research community, or even groups of people in different geographic regions.”
“Research communities are increasingly looking to create more open, interactive environments that foster a greater degree of interaction between scholars,” the study continues.
The authors of this report have a number of recommendations for scholars and scholars themselves, including increasing access to scholarly journals and resources, working with their colleagues to create better and more inclusive academic communities, ensuring that their research is accessible to scholars and other scholars across disciplines, and taking action to address the problems faced by scholars in the digital environment.