Publication
Title
Why, how, when, and for whom does digital disconnection work? A process-based framework of digital disconnection
Author
Abstract
Digital disconnection has emerged as a concept describing the actions people take to limit their digital connectivity to enhance their well-being. To date, evidence on its effectiveness is mixed, leading to calls for greater consideration of why, how, when, and for whom digital disconnection works. This article responds to these calls, presenting a framework that differentiates four key harms that contribute to experiences of digital ill-being (time displacement, interference, role blurring, and exposure effects). Using these four harms as a starting point, the framework explains: (1) why people are motivated to digitally disconnect; (2) how specific disconnection strategies (i.e., placing limits on time, access, channels, and contents, interactions and features) may help them; and for whom (3) and under which conditions (when) these strategies can be effective.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Communication theory. - New York, N.Y.
Publication
Cary : Oxford univ press inc , 2024
ISSN
1050-3293 [print]
1468-2885 [online]
DOI
10.1093/CT/QTAD016
Volume/pages
34 :1 (2024) , p. 3-17
ISI
001154547700001
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UAntwerpen
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Research group
Project info
Disconnect to connect: Towards a healthier relationship with digital technologies across work, school, and family contexts.
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Subject
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
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Creation 04.03.2024
Last edited 07.03.2024
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