The numbers speak volumes: 4.1 billion smart phones sold since 2007. Over 1.4 billion active Facebook users. An estimated 93 million Candy Crush players glued to the screen every day.
Fun facts, but also signals of the shift in social interactions and behavior as a result of the human-computer relationship.
Tracking this new reality is D. Yvette Wohn, head of NJIT’s Social Interaction Lab and assistant professor in the College of Computing Sciences. Dr. Wohn’s research helps reveal what’s happening to us as individuals, on a massive human scale. It probes the connection between psychological well-being and technology usage. It examines “relationship loneliness” and looks at Facebook use and college adjustment among first-year students. It asks what motivates people to continue to interact with technology over long periods of time; how technology habits are formed; and what social and psychology consequences we might expect to see.
Recognized primarily for its research into technology’s impact, the Social Interaction Lab is also committed to applying its findings to develop new social- and media-related applications to nourish and improve mental health.