Universität Zürich

IKMZ - Department of Communication and Media Research

Media Change & Innovation Division

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Digital overuse and subjective well-being in a digitized society


Moritz Büchi /

Noemi Festic /

Michael Latzer

Social Media + Society [in press]

In modern everyday life, individuals experience an abundance of digital information and communication options, and pressure to use them effec-tively and constantly. While there are many benefits attainable through the use of digital ICTs, digital overuse needs to be explored as it may impair individual well-being. A nationally representative survey ex-plored the extent of perceived digital overuse and tested its relation to social digital pressure, digital coping skills, and, in order to assess eve-ryday offline relevance, to individual subjective well-being. Results in-dicated that 28% of Swiss Internet users perceived digital overuse, which was strongly and negatively associated with well-being. Social pressure was positively related to overuse. Differences in experiencing and dealing with digital overabundance are highly relevant to general well-being and need to be further researched in light of social change and ICT innovations.