15 October 2019

Through this blog and our soon-to-be-launched Instagram page we aim to help you take a closer look at our high-speed digital world.

Isn’t it so easy to get distracted, confused, and even a little wounded by what we see online?! Well we’re here to raise awareness of both the benefits and challenges of our digital world and in doing so help you to experience this: digital wellbeing!

WHAT IS DIGITAL WELLBEING?

When we consider the state of our health – our wellbeing – we naturally think of our mental, physical and relational health. We’ll all have an idea of how it feels when we’re struggling with our mental health, suffering physically or when we’ve fallen out with friends and family. But I wonder when we last considered our healthy use of technology – our digital wellbeing.

In a 24/7 connected world, where we are shaped by technology in a multitude of ways, it is important to ask whether our relationship to technology is enhancing our health or hurting it.

WHY TAKE DIGITAL WELLBEING SERIOUSLY?

There’s no doubt that technology has shaped our lives in significantly positive ways. We see this especially with medical advances, the way we can communicate with friends and family in real-time anywhere in the world or the way social media can provide a voice for those marginalised or misunderstood.

But there’s a dark side to technology that we’re beginning to wake up to; whether it’s through online bullying, the way we compare ourselves with certain false and filtered lives, the procrastination brought on by videos designed to trap our attention, ‘fake news’, the negative effect on our sleep, mental health and face-to-face relationships.

In such a complex world, how can we think clearly about these issues? How can we develop digital wellbeing?

HOW TO DEVELOP DIGITAL WELLBEING?

Zoom aims to explore how to develop digital wellbeing in our 24/7 connected world. Through our Instagram page, subsequent videos and blogs we will consider the ways technology seemingly shapes every aspect of our lives in both positive and often times in negative ways. With this perspective we can reimagine a healthier relationship with technology that benefits our lives and those around us.

We will continue this next week as we take a deep dive into all things tech and explore the many perks of living in our digital world.

We hope that this initial conversation inspires you to consider joining this exciting journey – the journey towards digital wellbeing.