Colloquium Explores Permanently Online Phenomenon

Posted on: October 29, 2013

peter-vorderer-3A recent colloquium at the College of Communication Arts & Sciences covered a topic that takes up a great deal of daily life: online media usage and how we combine that with social interactions.

"The fact that we now combine two things that used to be separate - online usage and interacting socially with others - I call this phenomenon permanently online, permanently connected," said Peter Vorderer, visiting faculty member. "The fact that you are connected with people in a social situation while at the same time you are connected to someone else, this naturally compromises what goes on here."

Vorderer, Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the University of Mannheim, Germany, is an expert in media psychology and interdisciplinary media research, especially in entertainment studies and new media.

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More than 150 people attended his "Permanently Online, Permanently Connected: New Challenges for an Interdisciplinary Study of Media Use" colloquium on Oct. 25.

Vorderer says he is at the very beginning of doing research on the permanently online, permanently connected phenomenon and is starting to collect data. Through this research, he plans to examine the manifestations of this behavior, the motivations for, and the short- and long-term consequences of it.

Vorderer is visiting CAS through the end of October. While here, he has been doing research within the Communication department and with Ron Tamborini, Director of Doctoral Studies and Professor in the Communication department. He also is teaching a doctoral seminar and will continue to supervise the students in his doctoral seminar when he returns to Germany.

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