Liesel Sharabi conducts research on the ways communication technologies are used to develop, maintain, and dissolve interpersonal relationships. The focus of her research is on how technology is revealing and transforming basic principles of interpersonal communication. She is especially interested in modern dating and courtship practices. Much of her work in this area uses longitudinal, experimental, and content analytic methods to explore attraction and relationship development on online dating platforms. A primary goal of her research program is to better understand how we behave online and what it means for our offline relationships.
Dr. Sharabi’s studies have appeared in a variety of journals such as Communication Monographs, Human Communication Research, Journal of Communication, Communication Research, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, and New Media & Society, and featured in media outlets like New York Magazine, Men’s Health, Time Magazine, the BBC, and The Huffington Post. She also blogs about "Dating in the Digital Age" for Psychology Today.
She currently directs the Relationships and Technology Lab at Arizona State University. More information can be found on her website.
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