BW Expert: Do Social Media Tools Help or Hurt Relationships?

June 24, 2013

The Providence Journal newspaper turned to BW communication professor Andy Merolla for a story debating the pros and cons of communications technology in relationships. Merolla, who's conducted research in the area of communication in long distance relationships, is a fan of tools like Skype and FaceTime for their ability to "increase our sense of the other person's presence."

But Merolla also raised a caution: “The technologies, in and of themselves, don’t create closeness, which comes from things such as shared experiences, knowledge of one another, appreciation and trust.”

The article was part of the newspaper's "#eWave: The Digital Revolution" series. Read more of Dr. Merolla's insights and the complete article here.