Digital Detox – How to bring purpose into your technology use?

Digital Detox – How to bring purpose into your technology use?

Updated on 25 Jun 2020 | Published on 22 Apr 2020

The University Library and Maastricht University (UM) Career Services and psychologists offer a brand-new knowledge clip to support you in creating a healthy and balanced technology use. This knowledge clip will discuss potential benefits and pitfalls of your technology use. You will be introduced to purposeful and non-purposeful ways of using technology and what you can do to change it. UM students are welcome to join a ‘Digital detox’ online workshop on Thursday 14 May. We would like to ask you as UM teacher to inform your students about this workshop.

The pitfalls of technology use and what you can do about it

Amidst the coronacrisis, horrific social media posts and misinforming publications contribute to confusion and anxiety of the viewer. Research indicates that an overload of information can have severe mental consequences. For instance, if you are surrounded by threatening news headlines and social media posts, this will negatively affect your mental state. A study found that depressive symptoms, such as low mood and feelings of worthlessness, were associated with the quality of social interactions online. Hence, we must ask ourselves: how can we build healthy routines for our technology use? How to take a break from the disturbing news?

The following knowledge clip addresses these questions by differentiating between purposeful and non-purposeful technology use. There are multiple reasons for falling back into habitual and toxic engagement with social media and digital devices. It is however possible to make a conscious shift with your technology use, and therefore create a greater balance in your life. You will be introduced to first aid tips and tricks on how realise this behavioral change.



Ready to take control back over your technology and social media use?

The library hosts a ‘Digital detox’ online workshop for UM students on Thursday 14 May, 10.00 – 11.00. The workshop has already been successfully run as a pilot of the Information-Wise project and received positive responses from UM students.

Click on the registration button and safe your spot. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing more information about the online session and joining the meeting.


Author: Jaro Pichel, Educational Specialist at UM Library


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.


Library update


TIP: Check out our latest library blog post, which offers credible sources on COVID-19 and critical appraisal techniques that further protect you against mis- and disinformation: Don’t let them fool you: how to avoid being misinformed about COVID-19.

Last updated: 25/06/20

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