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Common Reading Program to host technology addiction panel discussion March 30

ISSUED: 25 March 2016
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — The Shepherd University Common Reading Program is hosting a panel discussion titled “Getting High-Tech: The Rise of Technology Addiction” on Wednesday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the Robert C. Byrd Center for Congressional History and Education auditorium. The event, which is sponsored by Shepherd University Foundation in collaboration with the George Washington Institute for Living Ethics and the Shepherd Common Reading Program, is free and open to the public.

This year’s common reading book is “Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other” by Sherry Turkle, the Abby Rockefeller Mauzé professor of the social studies of science and technology in the program in science, technology, and society at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During the panel discussion, experts in the fields of psychology, counseling, and social work will discuss technology addiction and its prevalence in the digital age and how much screen time is too much.

Panelists include Peter Callahan, CEO of Callahan Counseling Services, a licensed independent clinical social worker in both West Virginia and Virginia; Dr. Heidi Dobish, associate professor and co-chair of the Department of Psychology; and Dr. Christopher Lovelace, assistant professor of psychology.

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