Date of Award

Spring 5-25-2020

Document Type

Honors Project

University Scholars Director

Dr. Christine Chaney

First Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Tom Carpenter

Second Advisor/Committee Member

Dr. Brittany Tausen


Technology, Meaningfulness, Connectedness, Relationship Satisfaction, Empathy, Interpersonal Relationships


The usage of technology is steadily increasing globally. More and more individuals are using mobile phones and social media as a way to communicate with others. This literature review explores the relationship between technology and the meaningfulness of relationships. Specifically, it examines how technology may impact levels of connectedness, relationship satisfaction, and empathy in friendships. The review finds that technology has both positive and negative associations with the meaningfulness of friendships, which in turn can affect the general well-being of an individual. Further research is also needed to understand the extent of the impact technology has on friendships, individuals, and other interpersonal relationships.


A project submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements of the University Scholars Honors Program.