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The use of media has increased exponentially in recent years. We use our smartphones, tablets and computers for everything from communicating with friends and family to work and entertainment. But while these technologies bring us many benefits, the constant availability of information and demand for constant accessibility can also have a negative impact on our mental health and productivity.
In this podcast episode, we talk to Heide and Franzi, two experts in the field of self-determined media use. We look at the impact media use has on our mental health and how we can minimize that impact through human-centered media use.
One of the biggest disadvantages of the constant availability of information is the digital stress it causes. This stress can take the form of anxiety, sleep disturbances, and even depression. One possible solution is to consciously set times to disconnect from technology and focus instead on relaxation exercises such as yoga or meditation.
Self-determined media use
Another way to minimize the impact of media use on our mental health and productivity is to make our media use self-determined. This means making conscious choices about when, how and for how long we use media. One way to implement this is to set daily time limits for social media and email use. In this way, we can ensure that we consume media consciously, for a specific purpose and for a limited time, without losing ourselves in it and spending much more time in it than we actually wanted to.
Another important aspect of human-centered media use is to reduce the number of notifications we receive. We must strive to avoid receiving too many notifications that distract us and cause stress. Some simple steps we can take are:
- Turn off notifications that are not important.
-Turn off notifications completely at certain times of the day.
- Use apps to block and control notifications.
Media use in the corporate context
Human-centered media use is also important in the corporate context. Companies need to ensure that they drive and support human-centered media use for their employees. Some simple steps companies can take are:
- Ensure your employees have access to the right tools and resources
- Conduct training on human-centered media use.
- Encourage employees to take technology-free breaks to relax and unwind.
- do not require constant availability!
Human-centered media use is an important aspect of modern life. We must strive to shape our media consumption in a way that is beneficial to us and our well-being. We must strive to minimize our digital stress by being aware of how we manage our media consumption. Companies need to ensure that they drive and support human-centered media use for their employees.