Hi all - first contribution here, please be kind!
I am currently writing an MA dissertation - working title: ‘From pathology to autonomy.
Establishing the meaning of digital wellbeing in the post-digital age’. I am exploring themes around agency, autonomy, intentionality etc and drawing from a range of sources both academic and ‘popular’.
Much of the literature (and the solutions) concentrate on the problems…addiction, dependency, loss of concentration, attention, memory etc and the consequences of all that. ‘Solutions’ are out there - apps, websites, books, programmes etc (even Google, FB, Apple et al are in on it…though we might be cynical about their purposes).
There is much less around about what ‘digital wellbeing’ itself actually looks and feels like? We are good at articulating the absence of it…but it’s harder to express what healthiness itself is? Is it simply an absence of the problems, dependencies etc? Or is it something else? (Of course, you can detox completely, throw away the phone, go to a camp etc, but for the vast majority that’s neither possible, advisable nor should be even necessary - why should we isolate ourselves from the digital world to ‘feel ok’?).
I have been a member here for a while, reading some valuable views…I’d be really interested in hearing some opinions on what digital wellbeing is? Is it even possible to create some kind of working definition?