ABSTRACT

The power of the Internet and the overwhelming influence of social media in the lives of college students was not a consideration when the chapter on attachment and bereaved college students was written for the book Continuing Bonds: New Understandings of Grief. Since then the Internet and social media have become dominant features in both the development of late adolescents and their day-to-day experiences. We contend that examining bereaved college students’ use of social media offers dramatic possibilities for examining attachment in the lives of college students coping with grief. We provide in this chapter (a) a quick overview of the psychosocial developmental notions that undergird the central importance of attachment in the lives of college students and (b) the role and influence of social media in the lives of college students. In addition, in response to requests from one of the editors, we have offered a brief summary of that earlier chapter on attachment and bereaved college students.