Communication Technologies and Lifestyles

Barcelona, Spain | May 16-18, 2013

Communication technologies are crucial for understanding the transformation of lifestyles.

Communication technologies are key to the globalization processes in which we are all immersed. They are also crucial for understanding the transformation of lifestyles. Needless to say, the rapid growth and propagation of new technologies can only be explained because of the benefits they bring to our lives:

  1. Access to all sorts of information such that traditional/official sources are continually challenged by newer ones
  2. Facilitation of interpersonal and professional communication that allows us to overcome some of the boundaries presented by physical distance
  3. Synchronization of the interests of distant individuals– so important to the channeling of cultural and political reactions

There are, however two sides to the technology coin. Most significantly, these technologies are changing our mental habits in significant ways by way of three main developments:

  1. A continual acceleration of life, which can negatively impact work quality and personal relations.
  2. The revolution-redefinition-confusion of the private and the public spheres made possible by technologies that make individuals constantly available.
  3. The emotional culture they promote –marked by ‘presentism’ (we live in the present instant, constantly influenced by the emotional impact of the latest piece of information, combined with a decreasing ability to foresee things ahead), illusion of knowledge (immediate access to all sources of information leads us to relativize scholarly knowledge), and a burgeoning of addictions –the internet becomes an addiction, as well as a catalyst for others.

Communication technologies are crucial for understanding the transformation of lifestyles and key to the globalization processes in which we are all immersed.

Posted by Social Trends Institute on Monday, April 13, 2015

Principal Inquiries

  • Trust. In what ways do anonymous internet sources change people’s trust in traditional sources of knowledge and the way people receive and process knowledge? What is the future of journalism in this context?
  • Superficiality. How does the internet impact the way we approach knowledge and culture? Is the difference between the amateur (who navigates the web and uses it as a platform) and the professional (who dedicates years of study to a given topic) coming to an end? Is academic culture and education coming to an end?
  • Social commitment.  How do communication technologies and increasing exposure to virtual reality impact the way we structure our proximities and loyalties? Do they have a positive or a negative impact on our ability to get involved in local problems and challenges?

Academic Leader

Charo Sádaba - University of Navarra


Fausto Colombo - Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan
What We Talk About When We Talk About Social Media

Mark Griffiths - Nottingham Trent University
Online Addictions: Do They Really Exist?

Adam Joinson - UWE, Bristol
Technology and Behavior Change, for Good and Evil

Donatella Padua - University for Foreigners, Perugia
Digital Corporate Social Responsibility (DCSR): Building Value through Relationship and Engagement on the Web

Monica Whitty - University of Leicester
Why Do Victims of the Online Dating Scam Place Trust in the Criminals Who Scam Them?


Gustavo Cardoso - Lisbon University Institute

Ambrogia Cereda - University of Navarra

Ana Marta González - University of Navarra

Antonio Hyder - Toulouse Business School

Francisco J. Pérez Latre - University of Navarra

Observer: Marta Faria - University of Navarra