NEWS! Because of the COVID-19 outbreak in Italy, the school has been cancelled and will be rescheduled in 2021. New dates will be announced soon!



The way human beings connect and interact with each other has changed dramatically with the advent of the digital age. Technology affects virtually all domains of human life with important repercussions on relationships and individual well-being. Accordingly, in the last two decades, a surmounting amount of research has been conducted on the influence of digital technologies on a variety of social and psychological domains.

The summer school “Social connections and well-being in the digital era” aims at offering an overview of the most cutting-edge theories and research with a strong interdisciplinary approach. The three fundamental pillars on which its main program is built are psychology, sociology, and communication. These three pillars reflect the expertise of the three directors, Paolo Riva (Psychology), Marco Gui (Sociology) and Moritz Büchi (Communication). However, references and contributions will be offered from complementary domains such as educational science, computer science, and economics.

More specifically, the School is characterized by its attention on two general domains, namely social connections and well-being, complemented by a list of specific focuses, and several methodological seminars. Some of the key topics that will be discussed are social and psychological outcomes of internet use, big platforms and digital wellbeing, social connections and digital wellbeing across generations, and democracy and technology (politics, populism and conspiracy theories). A set of ad hoc methodological seminars will complement the School program.