Towards a Theory of Digital Well-Being: Reimagining Online Life After Lockdown

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Global lockdowns during the COVID-19 pandemic have offered many people first-hand experience of how their daily online activities threaten their digital well-being. This article begins by critically evaluating the current approaches to digital well-being offered by ethicists of technology, NGOs, and social media corporations. My aim is to explain why digital well-being needs to be reimagined within a new conceptual paradigm. After this, I lay the foundations for such an alternative approach, one that shows how current digital well-being initiatives can be designed in more insightful ways. This new conceptual framework aims to transform how philosophers of technology think about this topic, as well as offering social media corporations practical ways to design their technologies in ways that will improve the digital well-being of users.
Original languageEnglish
Article number32
Number of pages19
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2021


FundersFunder number
Horizon 2020 Framework Programme707404


    • COVID-19
    • Digital well-being
    • Social media technologies
    • Pandemics
    • Social Media
    • Humans
    • Communicable Disease Control


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