A Healthy Lifestyle and the Adverse Impact of its Digitalization: The Dark Side of Using eHealth Technologies
Universität Osnabrück, Germany
eHealth technologies strongly influence healthy lifestyles. In addition to numerous advantages and positive effects, we analyze adverse effects of technologies that are used in everyday life to support a person’s health or health management. Therefore, we conducted short interviews and a literature review to structure aspects of a healthy lifestyle in eight areas related to the potential technology usage. Based on that, this contribution presents a systematic collection of negative effects of eHealth technologies on end users or patients. With regard to our results, this contribution provides seven scientific and six practical implications.
Missing Out on Life: Parental Perceptions of Children’s Mobile Technology Use
1Weizenbaum Institute for the Networked Society, Hardenbergstraße 32, 10623 Berlin, Germany; 2University of Potsdam, Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences, Chair of Business Informatics, esp. Social Media and Data Science, Karl-Marx-Straße 67, 14482 Potsdam, Germany; 3California State University, Fullerton, CA, United States
Mobile devices have become an integral part of everyday life due to their portability. As literature shows, technology use is not only beneficial but also has dark sides, such as addiction. Parents face the need to balance perceived benefits and risks of children’s exposure to mobile technologies. However, no study has uncovered what kind of benefits and concerns parents consider when implementing technology-related rules. We built on qualitative responses of 300 parents of children aged two to thirteen to explore concerns about, and perceived benefits of children’s smartphone and tablet usage, as well as the rules parents have developed regarding technology use. Findings point to concerns regarding children’s development, as well as benefits for both children and parents, and ultimately to new insights about mobile technology mediation. These results provide practical guidance for parents, physicians and mobile industry stakeholders, trying to ensure that children are acting responsibly with mobile technology.
Personal Productivity Management in the Digital Age: Measures from Research and Use of Conventional Tools
University of Rostock, Germany
In view of the ongoing alarming numbers of incapacity to work due to mental illness, it is important to pay attention to the factors that maintain long-term productivity of the individual. Recent research is concerned with examining relevant parameters that are measurable through technology and play a role for recognizing productivity factors such as cognitive performance or stress. However, in practice there are constraints regarding the available data sources and motives of people to use tools for self-tracking and management. In this article, we first present results from a literature review on productivity measures from research and then, complement it with initial results from an online questionnaire, which asked for the use of conventional tools by individuals. Besides frequencies of usage, we highlight major drivers for people to use applications for collecting data and managing oneself.