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Skip to 0 minutes and 3 seconds Hello again. Hopefully by now you have had chance to introduce yourself to your fellow learners in the previous steps and have a better understanding of what to expect over the next three weeks of the course. For the remainder of this week we will be moving on to introduce and explore digital technologies and wellbeing. We will look at some of the statistics about time spent online, tracing the academic research behind some of the headlines on technology, society and health. We will also present some definitions of digital wellbeing and explore the difference between wellbeing and mental health. You will get the opportunity to share your own opinions on technology, trends and culture.

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds What you think of terms and phrases such as “technoference” and “fear of missing out”? What impact do you think the proliferation of technology has had on family and social life? Are digital devices intruding and interrupting our everyday activities? As we explore these themes we will expose some popular myths and misconceptions about technology and wellbeing, and we’ll provide some strategies to help identify the truth behind the fiction.

An overview of week one

The overall theme for this first week of our course is ‘Digital technology and wellbeing’, and we’ll be breaking that down into two activities:

1. What is digital wellbeing?

Digital wellbeing is a relatively new concept. So what is our current understanding of the topic? What is the difference between wellbeing and mental health? Are there frameworks and capabilities associated with digital wellbeing, and if so, how can we apply these? In this activity we will endeavour to answer these questions.

We’ll also explore the ‘information society’ and determine how we identify facts and fiction in a post truth world. We will take a look behind the headlines and explore the skills required to be a critical consumer of information.

How have new and existing technologies had an impact on the way we interact with others and our behaviours? What impact have digital technologies had on our relationships, values and broader society? In this activity we will start to explore some literature on the topic of technology, and its impact on our private lives, through the digital wellbeing lens.

We’ll be hearing from a range of staff from the University of York, including academics and professional staff. They will offer their perspectives on digital technology and wellbeing, and provide us with an insight into their research.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of this week you should have:

  • Explored definitions of wellbeing, digital wellbeing and mental health, and reflected on your own digital practices

  • Identified issues around information-seeking behaviours and critical evaluation of information

  • Started to consider the impact of digital technologies on how we behave and interact with others

We hope you enjoy the topics we’ll be covering this week, and that through them you’re able to develop your understanding of digital wellbeing and start to apply some strategies to critically engage with information and digital technologies.

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Digital Wellbeing

University of York