Drug, demon, or donut? Theorizing the relationship between social media use, digital well-being and digital disconnection


Vanden Abeele, Mariek M. P. ; Halfmann, Annabell ; Lee, Edmund W. J.



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.12.007
URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication Online: 2022
The title of a journal, publication series: Current Opinion in Psychology
Volume: 45
Issue number: Articel 101295
Place of publication: Amsterdam [u.a.]
Publishing house: Elsevier
ISSN: 2352-250X
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Medien IV (Vorderer)
Subject: 150 Psychology
Abstract: Social media overuse is a central concern in discussions over digital well-being. Digital disconnection is often presented as a solution to this problem, but mixed evidence on its effectiveness suggests we lack understanding of why, how and when disconnection works. Drawing from three recurrent social media metaphors - the drug, demon and donut metaphor - this article aims to advance understanding of social media disconnection by developing a classification of disconnective mechanisms in accordance with three conceptual approaches to social media overuse. This classification provides theory-driven support for differing social media disconnection mechanisms. We discuss its implications for practice and future research.
Translation of the title: Droge, Dämon oder Donut? Theoretische Betrachtung der Beziehung zwischen der Nutzung sozialer Medien, digitalem Wohlbefinden und digitaler Abkopplung (German)

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