Identity Shift: Where Identity Meets Technology in the Networked-Community Age
Does technology cause a shift in how we perceive our relationships and ourselves?
To find the answer, global communications leader Alcatel-Lucent commissioned an extensive research study. Subjects crossed geographic, generational, socioeconomic, and cultural boundaries. Hundreds of hours of documented observation and interviews with real people led to the fascinating conclusions in these pages. While technology will never define us, this study reveals how profoundly it influences the way we define ourselves.
The 3-P Model of Identity
Presentation: The Mirror Image
Protection: Exposing the Blind Spots
Preference: The (Un)Conscious Filter of (In)Finite Choice
The Universal Laws
The Law of Learned Helplessness: Failure Is the Only Option
The Law of Illusion: Lie to Me
The Law of Recall: Taking It from the Top
Rationalization: Finding Harmony in the Discord
Identity through the Life Stages
Teenage Growing Pains
Emerging Adulthood: In Search of the Ideal
The "Meet" Market
The Parent Puzzle
The Midlife Rebirth
Who Are We Becoming?
Whether your interest lies in sociology, psychology, marketing or technology, Identity Shift examines the impact of living in an age where virtually all of our personal information and interactions with others can be available with the click of a mouse.
Part 1: The 3-P Model of Identity 1
Chapter 1: Presentation: The Mirror Image 3
Chapter 2: Protection: Exposing the Blind Spots 13
Chapter 3: Preference: The (Un)Conscious Filter of (In)Finite Choice 25
Chapter 4: Trust: Meeting at the Crossroads of Identity 37
Part 2: The Universal Laws 49
Chapter 5: The Law of Learned Helplessness: Failure Is the Only Option 51
Chapter 6: The Law of Illusion: Lie to Me 63
Chapter 7: The Law of Recall: Taking It from the Top 75
Chapter 8: Rationalization: Finding Harmony in the Discord 87
Part 3: Identity Through the Life Stages 99
Chapter 9: Teenage Growing Pains 101
Chapter 10: Emerging Adulthood: In Search of the Ideal 113
Chapter 11: The "Meet" Market 125
Chapter 12: The Parent Puzzle 139
Chapter 13: The Midlife Rebirth 153
Epilogue: Who Are We Becoming? 163
Appendix: Through the Lens of Research 173
Christina James is a Director of Solutions Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent. Her more than 15 years of experience include marketing and communications in the technology sector.