Does Online Technology Make Us More or Less Sociable? A Preliminary Review and Call for Research

  title={Does Online Technology Make Us More or Less Sociable? A Preliminary Review and Call for Research},
  author={Adam Waytz and Kurt Gray},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={473 - 491}
  • A. Waytz, Kurt Gray
  • Published 14 May 2018
  • Psychology
  • Perspectives on Psychological Science
How does online technology affect sociability? Emerging evidence—much of it inconclusive—suggests a nuanced relationship between use of online technology (the Internet, social media, and virtual reality) and sociability (emotion recognition, empathy, perspective taking, and emotional intelligence). Although online technology can facilitate purely positive behavior (e.g., charitable giving) or purely negative behavior (e.g., cyberbullying), it appears to affect sociability in three ways… 

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