Positive Links Speaker Series
Technology and Happiness: The Social and Emotional Costs of Being Constantly Connected
April 11, 2018
4:00-5:00 p.m. EST
Free and open to the public
Michigan Ross Campus, Robertson Auditorium, 701 Tappan, Ann Arbor
Professor, Department of Psychology
University of British Columbia
About the talk
If you own a smartphone, you’re currently carrying as much computing power as early spaceships took to the moon. And new wearable devices promise to keep us constantly connected to the internet, anytime, anywhere. But are these amazing new technologies actually making us happier and more socially connected? In her session, Elizabeth Dunn will describe new findings from the UBC Happy Lab, showing that being constantly connected to the internet may carry hidden costs for individuals and organizations.
Elizabeth Dunn is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Dunn conducts experimental research examining how time, money, and technology shape human happiness. She is the co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending (Simon & Schuster) with Michael Norton. Her work has appeared in top journals, with three papers published in Science, and she has given talks at PopTech! and TEDx.
She was selected as one of the “rising stars” in academia by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2004 and was an honoree for the 2007 Mind Gym Academic Prize for pioneering work in positive psychology. In 2010, she received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, as well as UBC’s Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award. Her research has been featured in hundreds of media outlets around the world, including The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, The London Times, Maclean’s, Time, and CNN. Dunn is also an avid surfer and skier.
Julia Lee, Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations
The Center for Positive Organizations thanks University of Michigan Learning & Professional Development, Sanger Leadership Center, Tauber Institute for Global Operations, Samuel Zell & Robert H. Lurie Institute for Entrepreneurial Studies, and Diane (BA ’73) and Paul (MBA ’75) Jones for their support of the 2017-18 Positive Links Speaker Series.