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

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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 the synthetic review, I suggest an agenda for future research.

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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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The Centre for Media and Communication Research at the Hong Kong Baptist University School of Communication conducts research activities involving faculty from the university and other institutions. It organises events such as seminars, workshops and conferences.

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