What: Experts discuss how technology can affect relationships
Who: UBC Okanagan professors Susan Holtzman and Michael Woodworth along with Michelle Drouin from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
When: Thursday, September 29 at 7 p.m.
Where: Mary Irwin Theatre, 421 Cawston Avenue, Kelowna
Would you rather text than talk on the phone? Have you found the love of your life through on-line dating? Bought something on-line, and felt duped? Leading social technology experts say you’re not alone.
Technology has changed the way we communicate. Should you be worried? Join a special presentation with three leading experts who will discuss their recent research on how technology is affecting our relationships; from platonic to intimate.
Assoc. Prof. Susan Holtzman: Text messaging is a popular way of staying connected with friends and family. Can digital interactions have the same emotional benefits as face-to-face?
Assoc. Prof. Michelle Drouin: Is technology keeping us from forming real, enduring romantic relationships? Drouin will speak about how texting, sexting, and online interactions might hinder our ability to develop authentic romantic connections.
Prof. Michael Woodworth: As people look online for anything from finding a life partner to buying a used car, the honesty of the people we communicate with has become increasingly important. Should we worry about the honesty of people and getting conned online?
After the presentation a panel discussion will take place, moderated by CBC Radio’s Alya Ramadan. This event is free and open to the public; pre-registration is required.