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 “McDonald Faith and Global Engagement Distinguished Lecture”

Like?: Social Media and Happiness


Can social media make us happy? When Donna Freitas set out to interview university students across the United States about social media, she found happiness to be a recurring theme in those conversations. When students talk about social media and their smartphones, they do so in a way that measures their happiness – or the appearance of happiness, for an online audience. In this lecture, Donna Freitas will address the major findings of her national (USA) study – from happiness and the ‘professionalisation’ of social media. Freitas will invite us to think about how we can respond to the issues that social media and our smartphones raise. We will explore a question that Freitas’ students pondered through her research: What does it mean to have a healthy relationship with social media and our smartphones?

——-About the speaker——-​

Donna Freitas is a researcher and writer of nonfiction. Her publications include, Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance and Religion on America’s College Campuses, (Oxford Univ Press), and most recently, The Happiness Effect, (OUP). She received her Ph.D. in 2001 (Catholic University), and has been a professor at Boston University and the Honors College at Hofstra University.


Speaker: Donna Freitas
Date: 11/3/2019 (Mon)
Time: 19:00
Venue: Rayson Huang Lecture Theatre, HKU
Language: English
Admission: Free. Registration needed

This seminar is organized by Faith and Global Engagement HKU, and co-hosted by Faculty of Education, Gender Studies Programme, and Committee on Gender Equality and Diversity.