Digital wellbeing

Marco Gui (Department of Sociology and Social Research)

The topic
More and more, users of digital media deal with an overabundant flow of information and social relationship options throughout the day. Along with great opportunities deriving from this condition, they increasingly need to defend from excessive multi-tasking, fragmentation of daily time and overconsumption of content. These side effects are starting to represent a menace for people’s well-being. Users therefore need specific skills to channel digital stimuli towards personal goals and benefit. This question is not merely one of individual skills since the use of digital media is framed within social norms and expectations. Also, features of hardware and sofware have "nudging" effects on how we behave in our digital life. This project aims at gathering empirical evidence on how different digital environments, social norms, habits, hardware and software characteristics impacts subjective and social well-being.

Research questions

1) How does the use of digital media impact subjective well-being?
2) What are the main flipsides of supeconnectedness?
3) How much do they prevent opportunities and benefits individuals can gain from superconnectedness?
4) What are the social differences and inequalities in the prevalence of digital flipsides?
5) What can individuals, social groups and public institutions can do to face digital flipsides and fully exploit digital opportunities?