I am a Ph.D candidate in the Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, at University of California, Irvine. I am advised by Prof. Gloria Mark. Prior to joining in UC Irvine, I earned my B.S. in Computer Science from Peking University (Beijing University), China. You can find my full CV here.

I am fascinated by how people use digital technology, how technology advancement contributes to societal changes, and how the design and use of technology affect each other in a cultural and political context. With a human-centered approach, my current work focuses on youth and technology.

How college-aged Millennial generation engages with information and communication technologies (ICTs) has been an open question in recent years. Critics and the popular media, who can often influence general public opinion, tend to claim that digital media hinders the ability of “digital natives” to perform academically and socially. Yet, limited research has investigated how and why these young people incorporate an assembly of digital media in their everyday lives. Towards addressing this issue, I study college students’ technology use in their natural environment, with a special focus on multitasking, social media use, informal learning, and well-being (e.g., stress, mood, and sleep debt). I draw on diverse methods of data collection and analyses, from interviews, to computer and phone logging, sensors, surveys, lab experiments, and observation. With the evidence-based and ecological approach, I aim to empirically ground the discussions of the relationship between youth and technology.

© Yiran Wang 2016