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Is Modern Technology Ruining Your Life?

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Dr David Ellis
Dr David Ellis
Lancaster Royal Grammar School, Assembly Hall
Dr David Ellis
Lancaster University

It is almost impossible to avoid laptops, social media, emails, and smartphones. Many of these technologies were developed to help organise our lives, while others promise to keep us fitter and happier for longer.

But does all this technology have unintended consequences?

As the UK Government launches an enquiry into the impact of social media and screen-use on young people’s health, this talk will explore how scientists at Lancaster and beyond are starting to understand the psychological impact of our digital existence.


Speaker information

Dr David Ellis holds a 50th Anniversary Lectureship in Psychology at Lancaster University and an Honorary Research Fellowship at The University of Lincoln. He previously obtained an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Glasgow followed by an MSc and PhD (2013). Much of his work considers how markers of technology use (often referred to as digital traces) can reveal information about people and their behaviour. His research has been published in a variety of academic journals across psychology, medicine, and computer science with results often re-appearing on radio and television, including BBC Breakfast, Radio 4 and The World Service. For more information please visit


Doors will open at 6pm and the talk will begin at 6.30pm. Tea and coffee will be served before the talk, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions after it has finished.