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How Communication Technologies Impact Relationships Thursday 2/19 at 7pm with Dr. Kayla D. Hales from Michigan State University

An MSU assistant professor of media and information will present “What did you expect? How communication technologies are affecting individuals and relationships” at Muskegon Community College on Thursday, Feb. 19.
The talk, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Stevenson Center Room 1100. The event is part of the ongoing MCC Lecture Series.
A social media expert, Kayla D. Hales Ph.D., will share the findings of her interdisciplinary research aimed at determining how information and communication technologies can be used to improve social welfare and quality of life. Her focus is on romantic relationships and black families.
Hales earned her doctoral degree from the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State in 2011. Her dissertation, titled “YOU, ME, and IT: Multimedia Relationship Maintenance in the 21st Century,” focused on behaviors individuals enact during computer-mediated communication to maintain their non-platonic relationships.
““Thanks to computers, the internet, and cell phones live our lives very differently than in the past,” said Andy Wible, chair of the Arts and Humanities Department and coordinator of the Lecture Series at MCC. “I look forward to hearing whether we are different persons as a result.”
For more information, contact Dr. Wible at (231) 777-0626.

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