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# Real contact: Tilburg University contributes to responsible digital use

Published: 13th February 2020 Last updated: 13th February 2020

On February 14, we celebrate love, the genuine attention for someone else. Love is human and may therefore seem self-evident. But, is that really the case in a digital world? In which one person is isolated due to too little (online) connection, another cries out for real contact, and yet another experiences stress from too much (digital) contact. To draw attention to the urgency and importance of real contact, dozens of organizations, including Tilburg University, join forces with the #echtcontact (#realcontact) action. On Friday, February 14, various activities will take place including a slow date living room with famous Dutch people at Utrecht Central station.

Figures show: real contact is under great pressure, with major consequences. The call for more inclusion and a new social norm regarding digital use is getting louder and louder. With the #realcontact echtcontact action, the Netherlands is set in motion for more (digital) inclusion and a new social norm for digital use. Tilburg University is happy to contribute to an inclusive digital society from a scientific perspective. Prof. Margriet Sitskoorn: "Our scientists enjoy working together with social partners to advance society. By working together, we develop new insights and solutions for the challenges of digital use for the individual and for society. For example, we have started to develop a line of research into the psychological consequences of digitalization for young people, their parents, and employees. In addition, we are setting up a research collaboration on this topic with various researchers from the Tilburg School of Humanities and Digital Sciences and the Tilburg School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.”

Alliance Digital Collaboration

The opportunities offered by the digital society are great. At the same time, the number of people who are not digitally skilled or struggling to find a digital balance is growing. The Alliance Digital Living is committed to a digital society for everyone. The Alliance is an initiative of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK), VodafoneZiggo, and Number 5 Foundation. The Alliance is a public-private partnership, which now includes more than 30 partners. You can find more information about the Alliance on

Slow date living room

On Friday, February 14, a special "slow date living room" is set up at Utrecht Central Station. Dozens of organizations, including Tilburg University and famous Dutch people, join forces around this mission. Amongst others, Princess Laurentien, Dutch Railways CEO Roger van Boxtel, Jamai Loman, Trijntje Oosterhuis, Jan Slagter, Marlijn Weerdenburg, and influencers Peter de Harder and Jard Struik enter into conversation with travelers. You can read an overview of other activities on