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Media Advisory - Students disconnect for the sake of science

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Queen’s University researcher Valerie Michaelson, University of Ottawa researcher Valerie Steeves, and a group of local youth have recently completed a new research project about social media use called “the Disconnection Challenge.” The youth challenged themselves to disconnect from their phones and social media for one week and measure the results.


Building on the success of last year’s project Child Health 2.0: Overprotection and Safe Risk, the young people, assisted by Dr. Michaelson (School of Religion, Department of Public Health Sciences) and Dr. Steeves (Criminology), embarked on a second project- entirely youth driven. The new project was funded by an operating grant from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) and featured a unique video.


These young people, along with Dr. Michaelson and Dr. Steeves, will be available to media on Monday, August 28 at 3 pm in Room 216, Richardson Hall. The students will be discussing the outcome of the project and the research findings. Media are asked to confirm their attendance.


Room 216, Richardson Hall, Queen’s University.


Anne Craig, Media Relations Officer
613-533-2877 or anne.craig@queensu.ca

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