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Welcome to the Relationships & Technology Lab 

I'm Liesel Sharabi, 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 dissolve interpersonal relationships. I'm especially interested in modern romance and how technology is transforming the ways we meet, date, and fall in love. Much of my work centers around online dating sites and mobile dating apps. I'm also interested in where dating might be headed in the future, including the implications of multimodal technology use, algorithms and artificial intelligence (AI), and virtual reality (VR) for relationships. One of the primary goals of my research is to better 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, The Boston GlobeTime Magazine, NPR, the BBC, Men's Health, Cosmopolitan, and The Huffington Post. I've spoken about dating on podcasts like Wireframe, So Curious!, and the Harvard Data Science Review. I also write about our lab's research on my "Dating in the Digital Age" blog for Psychology Today.​