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Face-To-Face Vs. Tech-Mediated Prosocial Interaction

What we’re doing

In collaboration with Dr. Sonya Lyubomirsky from The University of California, Riverside, we are expanding the research showing that helping others is good for well-being by asking: Are “acts of kindness” carried out using technology as beneficial as “acts of kindness” carried out in person? In this project, we’ll test whether two different types of helping behavior are beneficial for young adults in both online and offline contexts.

Why it matters

The insights gained from this project will help inform whether and how to integrate an important intervention strategy (promoting helping behavior) into technology products to improve youth health.


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