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PSY 355 Psychology & Media in the Digital Age

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Digital Abstinence: Some Consideration of What is Happening

What happens when digital technology is taken away?

  • How do we feel?
  • How do we cope?

Four perspectives from Psychology on Going Without Digital Media

Digital Abstinence Four Perspectives

1. Extended Self Hypothesis: Everyday objects become intimate parts of who we are

2. Psychological Dynamic of the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out)
  • Essential need in childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood are relationships with others
3. Attachment Hypothesis: Portable digital devices, esp. cellphones, become "attachment objects"

4. Addiction Hypothesis: Repeated use of digital media can lead to addiction and, therefore, tolerance & withdrawal symptoms