October 2, 2018

The Stanford Center on Longevity will launch a program that supports research on key unanswered questions about social technology and social engagement. The aim of the project is to identify areas for future research, as research examining the impact of social technology engagement across generations is currently limited.

On October 2, 2018, we will begin by convening a small group of distinguished experts representing medicine, engineering, psychology, sociology, law, government, health economics, health policy, industry, technology and advocacy to elaborate key issues, compile existing evidence and identify questions to which answers are needed in order to guide research, inform policies and improve products and services. 

Here you will find information and resources relating to the meeting, including the project proposal, agenda, readings and logistics.

We look forward to seeing you in October.


Elias Aboujaoude
Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Monica Anderson
Senior Researcher, Internet and Technology, Pew Research Center

Jeremy Bailenson
Professor of Communication, Stanford University; Founding Director of Stanford University’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab

Dana Blum
Senior Director of Bay Area and National Special Events, Common Sense Media

Walter Boot
Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology, Florida State University; Principal Investigator at the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement

Laura Carstensen
Professor of Psychology, Stanford University; Director, Stanford Center on Longevity

Andrew Castillo
Manager of Innovation at Brookdale Senior Living

Geoff Cohen
Professor, Psychology and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Marie Conley Smith
Social Sciences Research Professional, Stanford Center on Longevity

Shelia Cotten
Professor of Media and Information, Michigan State University

Sara Czaja
Director, Center on Aging and Behavioral Research; Professor of Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine; Director at the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement

Nancy Easterbrook
Director of External Affairs, Stanford Center on Longevity

Ryan Elza
Social Entrepreneur in Residence, Social Connectedness, AARP Foundation

Saudia Gajadhar
US Director of Marketing & Communications, Comfort Keepers North America

Antero Garcia
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Hannah Giasson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Psychology, Stanford University

MarYam Hamedani
Senior Research Scientist, Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions

Jeff Hancock
Professor of Communication, Stanford University; Founding Director of the Stanford Social Media Lab

Jana Haritatos
Vice President of Research, Hopelab

Annabell Ho
Doctoral Candidate, Department of Communication, Stanford University

Candice Hogan
Applied Behavioral Scientist – Data Science Manager, Uber

Julianne Holt-Lunstad
Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, Brigham Young University

Sabrina Huang
Doctoral Student, Department of Communication, Stanford University

Olivia June
Founder and CEO, VINA

Roberta Katz
Senior Research Scholar, Department of Communication and Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Emily Kenner
Silicon Valley Advisor, Common Sense Media

Eden Litt
Researcher, Facebook

Sunny Liu
Associate Director, Stanford Social Media Lab

Mufan Luo
Doctoral Student, Department of Communication, Stanford University

Jackie MacDonald
Finance and Operations Manager, Stanford Center on Longevity

Lori Malahy
Well-being Research Manager, Instagram

Jenny Mayfield
Director of Media Relations and Public Affairs, Nextdoor

Hannah Mieczkowski
Doctoral Student, Department of Communication, Stanford University

Adam Miner
Co-Director, Virtual Reality and Immersive Technology Clinic, Stanford University

Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
Co-founder, My Digital TAT2

David Pagano
Web Producer and Graphic Designer, Stanford Center on Longevity

Paolo Parigi
Lead Trust Scientist, Airbnb; Adjunct Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Stanford University

Roy Pea
Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University

Phil Pizzo
Director, Stanford Distinguished Careers Institute; Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University

Xiaoyin Qu
Product Manager, Facebook

Sarah Raposo
PhD candidate in Psychology, Stanford University

Michael Rosenfeld
Professor of Sociology, Stanford University

Jessica Roth
Social Science Research Professional; Web Production Associate, Stanford Center on Longevity

Izhak Shafran
Research Scientist, Google

Tamara Sims
Director of Sightlines Project, Stanford Center on Longevity

Ken Smith
Director, Mobility Division; Senior Research Scholar; Design Challenge Leader, Stanford Center on Longevity

 Shyam Sundar
Distinguished Professor of Communications, Penn State University; Co-Director, Media Effects Research Laboratory

Amy Yotopoulos
Director, Mind Division; Senior Research Scholar, Stanford Center on Longevity


8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Breakfast
9:00 AM – 9:40 AM Welcome, Introductions, and Goals of the Meeting

  • Laura Carstensen
  • Jeff Hancock
9:40 AM – 10:10 AM Opening Presentation by Jeff Hancock:
“Overview of Social Media and Tech Use: What do we know and what do we need to know?” 
10:10 AM – 11:10 AM Session I: Social Technology and Well-Being in the Individual:
11:10 AM – 11:30 AM Tech & Coffee Break
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Session II: Social Technology, Social Engagement in Varying Contexts
12:30 PM – 12:40 PM Announcement by Ken Smith
12:40 PM – 1:40 PM Networking Lunch
1:40 PM – 2:00 PM Tech & Coffee Break
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Session III: Brainstorming with Ken Smith
3:00 PM – 3:20 PM Tech & Coffee Break
3:20 PM – 4:30 PM Session IV: Setting the Research Agenda: Next Steps
with Laura Carstensen and Jeff Hancock
4:30 PM – 5:00 PM End/Light snacks and Networking

If you wish to post to social media during the Tech & Coffee Breaks, tag us @LongevityCenter and use the hashtag #SocTechSCL.



Please note: materials will be added to the list below closer to the meeting date.


Meeting Agenda


Experimental Evidence of Massive-Scale Emotional Contagion Through Social Networks
Adam D. I. Kramer, Jamie E. Guillory, and Jeffrey T. Hancock                   

Tech Adoption Climbs Among Older Adults
Monica Anderson and Andrew Perrin

The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World
Janna Anderson and Lee Rainie

Teens, Social Media and Technology 2018
Monica Anderson and Jingjing Jiang

The Sightlines Project: Seeing Our Way to Living Long, Living Well in 21st Century America
Summary | Full Report
Stanford Center on Longevity

Information and Communication Technology Use Is Related to Higher Well-Being Among the Oldest-Old
Tamara Sims, Andrew E. Reed and Dawn C. Carr

Hard Questions: Is Spending Time on Social Media Bad for Us?
David Ginsberg, Director of Research, and Moira Burke, Research Scientist at Facebook

Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences (2018)
Common Sense Media

Internet Use and Depression Among Retired Older Adults in the United States: A Longitudinal Analysis
Shelia R. Cotten, George Ford, Sherry Ford, and Timothy M. Hale







OCTOBER 2, 2018
Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center
326 Galvez Street
Stanford, CA 94305


As most parking on Stanford’s campus is permit only, we recommend using Visitor parking for our October meeting. The best parking options for our meetings are:

  • Visitor Center (at corner of Campus Drive and Galvez Street)
  • Stanford Stadium
  • Memorial Way at Galvez Street
  • GSB Garage Parking Structure 7 – garage entrance on Campus Drive

All options above have self-pay machines that accept Visa/MasterCard/cash.


For inquiries, please contact:

Marie Conley Smith
Stanford Center on Longevity
[email protected]

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