Digital Dependencies: How we upload and offload ourselves


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Join University of Waterloo English professor Aimée Morrison, Doug Peers, Dean of Arts, and two additional professors from Arts for a panel at Kitchener Public Library (KPL) that explores the impacts and implications of using digital technologies in our everyday lives.

Monday, November 21, 2016 — 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM EST
Kitchener Public Library main branch, auditorium 85 Queen Street North Kitchener, ON
Free, but please register at the event website

Aimée Morrison (English) 

Loneliness and social media: What does it mean, and not mean, to have ‘Friends’ online?
Are they only friends if we know them online? Many people worry that increasing use of social media makes us less social than before. But online friendships often fulfill needs that Real Life has a hard time meeting.

Jennifer Whitson (Sociology) 

How do surveillance devices like the Fitbit turn our bodies into playgrounds, factories, and doctors’ offices?
Why do we embrace health apps as playful risk reduction tools, despite the fact that these tools collect and broadcast extremely intimate data about ourselves to a wide array of corporate and government bodies?

Evan Risko (Psychology) 

New technologies and cognitive offloading: Can it change our mind?
Human cognition often involves use of our bodies or external objects. But what does our increasing reliance on smartphones to help us remember or think mean for our cognitive abilities now and in the long run?

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