Colloquium connects technology, personal relationships

February 09, 2016

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The intersection of technology, interpersonal communication and human relationships takes center stage in a colloquium set for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium at the Pennsylvania College of Technology.

“Technology and Interpersonal Relationships: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” will be presented by Sandra Lakey, associate professor of speech communication-composition; Joe Loehr, associate professor of mass media communication/English-composition; and John D. Maize, instructor of speech communication-composition. All are faculty members in the School of Sciences, Humanities & Visual Communications at Penn College.

Free and open to the public, the event is the third presentation of the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series. A reception will follow.

“Our relationships and our technology, especially our cell phones, are inextricably intertwined,” Lakey said. “Understanding the connections will help us make good decisions about our use of technology so we can achieve the benefits and avoid the pitfalls.”

The timely topic will focus on how people's use — and sometimes overuse — of various forms of communication technology affect the initiation and development, maintenance, and termination of relationships in both positive and negative ways.

Maize said, “Anything that helps people establish boundaries that enhance relationships is worth exploring.”

The speakers will discuss how email, text and social media, especially when accessed through smartphones, have become integral to the ways people conduct their relationships.

The colloquium conversation intends to help audience members understand how their technology and relationships intersect, and how to make choices that create a healthy balance between the two.

Loehr added, “Finding a balance in how we use technology will always be, like technology itself, ongoing.”

Dedicated in honor of a professor emeritus and the college’s 1984 Master Teacher, the Daniel J. Doyle Technology & Society Colloquia Series features presentations by noted authors and academics that will challenge audiences to consider the impact of technology on our society.

The series began in 2014 as the Centennial Colloquia, part of the college’s 100th anniversary, and due to its success, it was decided the series would be ongoing.

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Last Updated February 09, 2016