Technostress, Uncategorized

Do You Suffer From Techno-Stress?

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Shared from Brain Blogger

Rapid advancements in technology and the spread of its use are double-edged phenomena in our modern world. In fact, some studies suggest that there is an increase of stress and health problems relating to information overload in the use of communication and information technologies (ICT).

While many argue that digital technologies have impacted communication and productivity positively, for others this is debatable. More communication is not necessarily better communication or better productivity.

Negative psychological response

Some call this “techno-stress”, defined as a negative psychological response related to the use of digital technologies. According to researchers referencing this phenomenon, numerous and rapid changes in digital technologies may be making us feel forced to keep up to date with these changes, to multitask more effectively and carry out increasing amounts of work remotely.

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Technostress, Uncategorized

Technology turns us into addicts

15 million UK internet users have tried a ”digital detox”

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REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage

This is how technology turns us into addicts

Article published on the website of the World Economic Forum (14 Jun 2018) in collaboration with The Conversation

The World Health Organisation is to include “gaming disorder”, the inability to stop gaming, into the International Classification of Diseases. By doing so, the WHO is recognising the serious and growing problem of digital addiction. The problem has also been acknowledged by Google, which recently announced that it will begin focusing on “Digital Well-being”.

Although there is a growing recognition of the problem, users are still not aware of exactly how digital technology is designed to facilitate addiction. We’re part of a research team that focuses on digital addiction and here are some of the techniques and mechanisms that digital media use to keep you hooked.

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Technostress, Uncategorized

Technology and Social Media: A Stressful, Yet Loving Relationship

STRESS IN AMERICA 2017 Technology and Social Media

PDF published by the American Psychological Association

Stress in America 2017: Coping with change

Technology and Social Media: A Stressful, Yet Loving Relationship

Technology has improved life for many Americans, and nearly half of this country’s adults say they can’t imagine life without their smartphones.1 At the same time, numerous studies have described consequences of technology use, including negative impacts on physical and mental health.

For the past decade, the American Psychological Association’s Stress in America  survey has examined how stress affects American adults’ health and well-being. This year’s survey took a deeper look at technology and social media to better understand their link to stress, relationships and overall health and well-being.

The survey showed, nearly all adults (99 percent) own at least one electronic device (including a television). Almost nine in 10 (86 percent) own a computer, 74 percent own an internet-connected smartphone and 55 percent own a tablet.

Research also shows that the percentage of American adults using social media increased from 7 percent to 65 percent between 2005 and 2015. Among young adults ages 18 to 29, the number is even higher — nine in 10 (90 percent) reported using social media in 2015, compared to 12 percent in 2005. Adoption rates among all groups of new and emerging technologies and social media have climbed to enormous proportions, with Facebook and Instagram boasting more than 2 billion combined monthly users.

Technology and Stress Snapshot

More than a decade after the emergence of smartphones, Facebook and Twitter, a profile is emerging of the “constant checker.” Such avid technology and social media use has paved the way for the “constant checker” — those who constantly check their emails, texts or social media accounts (43 percent of Americans). This attachment to devices and the constant use of technology is associated with higher stress levels for these Americans. Generally, nearly one-fifth of Americans (18 percent) identify the use of technology as a very or somewhat significant source of stress. The most stressful aspect? Americans say technology causes the most stress when it doesn’t work (20 percent).


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Future of Work, Uncategorized

Technostress at the Wokplace

Screen Shot 2018-05-17 at 17.21.34Great article on technostress by David Lavenda, Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy,

Published on on May 3, 2018

Recently, we’ve seen public backlash against companies that are perceived to be hijacking consumer attention, focused primarily on consumer apps – but what about tech addiction’s role in the workplace? David Lavenda, Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing and Product Strategy at shares how HR can play an important role in helping employers navigate the fine line between productivity and technostress.

Technology is a powerful tool that can make us smarter and more productive, keep us entertained and connect us to others. It also has the power to distract us, make us unproductive and in more serious cases, put us at risk of isolation, addiction, or depression.

Recently, we’ve seen public backlash against companies that are perceived to be hijacking consumer attention, including big businesses like Apple, Google, Facebook, Instagram, Snap and countless others. Groups like The Center for Humane Technology are speaking up to call out tech companies’ addiction-inducing practices and address the negative effects of increased screen time. These tech companies are often painted as “evil” or malicious when it comes to sucking up consumers’ time and attention.

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Teen Stress, Uncategorized

Digital Stress

Digital stress: What is it, how does it affect teens and how can you help?


This is an article was published by RN Remedies blogger, Bianca Salvetti, MSN, CNS, CPNP on the Los Angeles Childrens’s Hospital website.

Recently, I came across an article about digital stress and its effects on teenagers. Working in the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, this is often a topic of concern for teenagers and their families.

More now than ever, teenagers are constantly connected to their peers through cell phones or computer internet access. For adolescents, communication is an integral part of their social experience. This can lead to positive interactions for the adolescent but it has the potential for negative ones as well.

To help explain digital stress and how parents can help, I enlisted the help of Dr. Mari Radzik, Coordinator of Mental Health Services at the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult medicine.

“What I’ve seen in my practice over the years is how pervasive the online social media experience is for youth. Now that Facebook has moved into parents use, adolescents have moved to other social media sites such as Snap Chat or Instagram. Our youth today would much rather text or social network on their phones,” Dr. Radzik said.

This type of connection with friends and significant others is often easier to hide from parents and caregivers and could leave the adolescent vulnerable to the effects of digital stress

What is Digital Stress?

Digital stress is… >>>

Continue reading this article on the CHLA website

For the Online Stress Summit we’ll be interviewing digital stress expert, author & consultant, Matthias Dewilde.

Matthias_DewildeAfter experiencing a long term screen & gaming addiction himself, he now guides children, parents & companies alike in creating a more balanced on- & offline lifestyle at home or at work.

His clients, including Marriott, Teamleader & Cronos, have relied on him to show the impact technology is having on our wellbeing & our kids – and how to thrive & find peace in a world filled with devices.

As a speaker he is connected to organizations such as Child Focus and received national acclaim & press coverage for his engagements and contributions to treating screen & gaming addiction.