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Distinguished Research Seminar Series: Do Smartphones and Personal Media Make Us (Un)Happy?


23Sep 2021

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

  • CVA1022, Lee Shau Kee Communication and Visual Arts Building, 5 Hereford Road, Kowloon Tong
  • Prof RAN WEI, Chinese University of Hong Kong



Do Smartphones and Personal Media Make Us (Un)Happy?

The pace of developments in information and communication technology, such as ubiquitous computing (Internet of things), smart media, 5G and AI, is accelerating. However, the benefits of these new communication technologies in society appear to be paradoxical. Focusing on research of ICT and user psychological well-being, I will present new evidence from empirical research of computer mediated communication (CMC) via social and mobile media, including studies exploring consequences of 24/7 smartphone use—anxiety, addiction, manipulation and risky behaviour. Based on the synthetic review, I suggest an agenda for future research.


RAN WEI is Professor at the School of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research interests and publications include media effects, communication technology and mobile communication. He is chair of the Communication and Technology (CAT) division of International Communication Association (ICA), 2020–22.


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Organized by Centre for Media and Communication Research, School of Communication and Research Post Graduate Studies Program