For almost a decade Susan Matt and I worked on Bored, Lonely, Angry, Stupid; Feelings About Technology From the Telegraph To Twitter. The book was released May 1st 2019 with Harvard University Press.
New York Review of Books: Scrolling
Harvard University Press Blog: Technology, Biology, Chronology
Washington Post: How Silicon Valley breeds boredom, loneliness and vanity
The Psychologist: Book Review: Technology Changing Our Emotions
Entrepreneur Magazine: Best Books of 2019 For Entrepreneurs
The Atlantic: How the Loss of the Landline Is Changing Family Life
Sojourners Magazine: Has Technology Killed Our Capacity For Awe?
Educause: The Connection Business
Los Angeles Review of Books Blog AI Doesn't Know How You Feel
NPR's Innovation Hub Feeling Lonely? You've Got Company
The Guardian "Chips" Podcast: Technology is messing with our emotions: Chips with Everything podcast.
Blog // Los Angeles Review of Books: Pride and Privacy
Open Letters Review: Review by editor Steve Donoghue
Nature (International Journal of Science) Barbara Kiser reviews five of the week’s best science picks
Internet History Podcast: Is Tech Making Us Lonely, Bored, Angry, Stupid?
The Unplugged Challenge Podcast: Changing Emotions in the Age of the Selfie
SonntagsZeitung: Achtung, wir alle werden Langweiler!
La Recherche: Emotions, Le Retour En Force
Urgente24.com: Siglo 21 vs. Siglo 19: ¿Por qué hoy nos sentimos más solos?
Grumpy Old Geeks Podcast: 342: Fortress of Solitude (starts at minute 27:08)
Standard Examiner: The Decline of Awe
Dagens Arbete: Under den digitala snuttefilten
La Giornata: La tecnologia ci provoca nuove emozioni
WICN Radio: Interview with Inquiry host Mark Lynch
Here's a Publisher's Weekly review:
"Weber State University educators Fernandez, an assistant computing professor, and Matt, a history professor, productively combine their expertise in this informative book about the cultural link between emotions and technology. Examining various platforms and devices, from the 19th-century telegraph to modern innovations, including Facebook and smartphones, they tell a powerful story of how new forms of technology are continually integrated into the human experience. A particularly fascinating chapter outlines the history of anger in American society, from a trait to be publicly suppressed, especially in marginalized groups, to something which social media has transformed into “a right of all.” Another revealing section compares modern concerns about the narcissism of selfies to 19th-century moralizing about photography—perhaps surprisingly, observers then thought photographs might dispel rather than promote vanity, by providing people with more honest portraits than had been customary in painting. Rather than condemn modern technology out of hand, Fernandez and Matt simply connect emotional constants of the human experience to new platforms that alter how they are expressed and perceived. Anyone interested in seeing the digital age through a new perspective should be pleased with this rich account."