The Effects of Technology Use on the Employment of Mimicry in Emotional Identification

Over the summer I plan to research the effects of regular technology use on one’s employment of mimicry, or the personal recreation of observed facial expressions, as a technique for identifying others’ emotions. Using a survey I plan to gather data explaining the weekly habits of participants including which types of devices they use (laptop computer, cellular phone, etc.), which activities they perform on said devices (social media, school work, etc.), and how many hours are spent on each device.  Participants will also be videotaped while identifying the emotions of still photographs.  The collected video data will be coded using the Facial Action Coding System to determine whether or not the participants employed mimicry in order to accurately identify the observed emotion.