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#COVID19 Studies, & Writings

#COVID19 is a worldwide pandemic and crises for all governments and citizens. Technology will and is playing an important role within our respective communities to maintain work, communication, sharing information and more importantly reduce isolation and loneliness for all!

  1. Marston, H.R., Morgan, D.J., Wilson, G., & Gates, J. (2021). You Can Only Pass Go With A Digital Pass. Ageing Issues Blog, 14th June 2021.
  2. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2021). Freedom is coming Dating Apps, Social Connections, Cheeky Snogs & Nooky. Ageing Issues Blog, 14th June 2021.
  3. Marston, H.R., & van Hoof, J. (2021). Age-friendly cities and communities of the 21st Century. Ageing Issues Blog, 9th February 2021.
  4. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2021). Happy New Year, 3rd Wave, Lockdown 3.0 & Easter. Ageing Issues Blog, 22nd January 2021
  5. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2020). Lockdown 2.0: Gunpowder Plot, Digital Christmas, Sex and Relationships. Ageing Issues Blog, 2nd November 2020.
  6. Marston, H.R., & Morgan, D.J. (2020). Technology & Social Media during COVID-19 Pandemic. Special Issue: COVID-19 & Geriatric Mental Health Worldwide. IPA Bulletin; 37(2). Available from
  7. Marston, H.R., & Kowert, R. (2020). What role can videogames play in the COVID-19 pandemic? Emerald Open Res2:34.
  8. Sheerman, L., Marston, H.R., Musselwhite, C., & Morgan, D. (2020). COVID-19 and the secret virtual assistants: the social weapons for a state of emergency [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. Emerald Open Res2:19.
  9. White, P.J., Marston, H.R., Shore, L., & Turner, R. (2020). Learning from COVID-19: Design, Age-friendly Technology, Hacking and Mental Models [version 1; peer review: awaiting peer review]. Emerald Open Res2:21.
  10. Marston, H.R., Musselwhite, C., & Hadley, R.A. (2020). COVID-19 vs Social Isolation: the Impact Technology can have on Communities, Social Connections and Citizens. Ageing Issues, 18th March, 2020. The British Society of Gerontology.

#COVID-19 Study 1

This study led by Dr Hannah R. Marston and Dr Sarah Earle, and will use an online survey, deployed across mailing lists, and social media platforms to reach as many people as possible. The online survey comprising of 65 questions relating to technology use, community engagement, health and wellbeing, loneliness and leisure activities.

Since April 2020, this study has been scaled up and the online survey has been deployed across Spain, France, Romania, Germany, Austria, Turkey, Malta, Singapore, India, Portugal, and Brazil. For more information click here.

  • Ethics: HREC/3551/MARSTON

Funding: this project is not externally funded.


  1. Marston, H.R., Ivan, L., Fernández-Ardèvol, M., Rosales Climent, A., Gómez-León, M., Blanche, D., Earle, S., Ko, P.C., Colas, S., Bilir, B., Öztürk Çalıkoğl., Arslan, H., Kanozia, R., Kriebernegg, U.,  Großschädl, F., Reer, F., Quandt, T., Buttigieg, S.C., Alexandra Silva, P., Gallistl, V., & Rohner, R. (2020). COVID-19: Technology, Social Connections, Loneliness & Leisure Activities: An International Study Protocol. Front. Sociol. doi:10.3389/fsoc.2020.574811
  2. Marston, H.R., et al., (2020) – Research Evidence#1 LBCO224 – Life beyond COVID. Submitted 30th August, published 18th September 2020, COVID-19 Committee. Written evidence (page 11). All evidence is available here.

#COVID-19 Study 2

#COVID-19: Dating Apps, Social Connections, Loneliness & Mental Health

This study is led by Dr Hannah R. Marston, with Co-I’s Dr Sarah Earle (OU), Dr D.J. Morgan, (Swansea University), and Dr Robin Hadley.

The purpose of this study is to explore and understand how dating apps have been used by citizens during the pandemic to connect with others on a social, emotional and sexual level, to reduce the feeling of loneliness and social isolation.

  1. Marston, H.R., Morgan, D.J., Earle, S., Hadley, R. (2021). Presentation at the British Society of Gerontology.

Project website here