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Technik und Wohlbefinden/ Technology and Wellbeing

With the increasing presence of technology and social media in everyday life, an important issue is how this affects peoples' wellbeing. In my research I explore, how technology design may deliberately support wellbeing, but also the side effects of current consumer technology and social media, that may diminish our happiness. Under the umbrella term 'digital depression', we highlight the critical effects of the ubiquitous technology use on our thinking, feeling, and social interaction. This, for example, includes effects of excessive Facebook use or incessant picture taking but also more subtle phenomena such as the loss of unfilled moments and room for creative thinking, due to the smartphone as a constant companion. Current research projects explore the effects of current trends (e.g., selfies) and services (e.g., WhatsApp, Tinder) of the digital world on wellbeing and other psychological variables.

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  • Diefenbach, S., & Ullrich, D. (2016). Digitale Depression: Wie neue Medien unser Glücksempfinden verändern. München: MVG. [Link]
  • Diefenbach, S., Kapsner, A., Laschke, M., Niess, J., & Ullrich, D. (2016). Technology For Behavior Change - Potential, Challenges, And Ethical Questions. i-com – Journal of Interactive Media, 15(2), 195-201.
  • Diefenbach, S., Hassenzahl, M., Eckoldt, K., Hartung, L., Lenz, E., & Laschke, M. (2016). Designing for wellbeing: A case study of keeping small secrets. The Journal of Positive Psychology. doi:10.1080/17439760.2016.1163405.

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