The article Digital Well-Being Theory and Research has been published in New Media & Society. A blog post and Twitter summary thread are available below. The full paper is open access here: https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448211056851
Digital well-being concerns individuals’ subjective well-being in a social environment where digital media are omnipresent. A general framework is developed to integrate empirical research toward a cumulative science of the impacts of digital media use on well-being. It describes the nature of and connections between three pivotal constructs: digital practices, harms/benefits, and well-being. Individual’s digital practices arise within and shape socio-technical structural conditions, and lead to often concomitant harms and benefits. These pathways are theoretically plausible causal chains that lead from a specific manifestation of digital practice to an individual well-being-related outcome with some regularity. Future digital well-being studies should prioritize descriptive validity and formal theory development.
LSE@Media Blog post based on the article
LSE@Media published my blog post Digital media are neither poison nor cure where I try to summarize some of the key arguments from the paper perhaps most interesting for broader audiences.