Digital Wellness: Exploring Our Everyday Relationships with Technologies, Communities, and Ourselves

Event Date: 
January 29, 2021 / 11:00am - 12:15pm
Online via WebEx

Presenter: Andrea Baer, History and Political Science Librarian,

Learning Objectives: 

  1. Reflect on the ways that digital technologies positively and negatively affect your well being.

  2. Explore case studies in which digital wellness plays a role for individuals and for society as a whole.

  3. Identify your own digital wellness priorities and related actions you can take to better support your digital wellness. 


In this time of pandemic and social distancing, we have become even more reliant on digital technologies and platforms to complete everyday tasks and to meet many of our most basic social, emotional, intellectual, and physical needs. At the same time that digital technologies help us to connect with others and to engage in personally, professionally, and socially meaningful activities, digital platforms can also be sources of stress that divide our attention, negatively affect our physical health, and pose privacy concerns. 

In this interactive workshop participants will reflect on the role that digital technologies play in their everyday lives and on the positive and negative effects that their relationships to these technologies have on them as individuals and on the various communities to which they belong. Participants will explore various case studies in which digital wellness plays a role and will be invited, but not required, to share about their own experiences with and perspectives on digital wellness. Throughout the session participants will consider their digital wellness priorities and related actions they can take to better support digital wellness in their own lives and in their communities. 

Skill levels for attendees: Little to no experience