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Welcome to the Relationships & Technology Lab 

My name is Liesel Sharabi, and I'm an assistant professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and Director of the Relationships and Technology Lab at Arizona State University.


My research focuses on the ways communication technologies are used to develop and maintain (and sometimes dissolve) interpersonal relationships. I'm especially interested in romantic relationships and how technology is transforming the ways we meet, date, and fall in love. Much of my recent work is aimed at exploring relationship initiation and development practices on online dating sites and mobile dating apps. One of the primary goals of my research is to understand the growing interdependence between online behaviors and offline relationships.


My research has appeared in a variety of edited volumes and peer-reviewed journals, as well as in media outlets such as New York Magazine, Bloomberg, Time Magazine, NPR, the BBC, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. I also write about the research being conducted in our lab on my "Dating in the Digital Age" blog for Psychology Today.​