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Digital disconnection

Digital detox means to take a break from digital media. How do people handle today's media overload?

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About the project

Intrusive media, ambivalent users, digital detox (Digitox) addresses current concerns about digital media overuse. While many studies emphasise the positive and enabling potentials of digital media, this project analyses ambivalence, resistance and attempts at withdrawal and disconnection.

Looking back only a few years, we can see tremendous changes in the way we communicate and socialise. Online and social media have begun to shape even our most mundane activities and present us with constant dilemmas about our online and offline presence. The question of how to manage online and offline involvement produces tensions in peoples’ private lives and is debated in the public sphere.

Digitox draws on interdisciplinary perspectives and insights from media studies, game studies and psychology to investigate causes, implications and reactions to intensified digital media involvement.

Objectives

The primary aim of Digitox is to enhance our knowledge of causes, implications and reactions to intensified digital media involvement, and theorise reactions to such involvement.

The project sheds light on values and practices of digital detox, a new concept describing withdrawal from digital media for a designated period or other means to restrict involvement.

Digitox aims to engage productively with public concerns and bring relevant knowledge to citizens, industry and society.

Sub-projects

The project is organized as four work packages:

WP1: Norms and policies (Chair: Ole Jacob Madsen)

WP2: Industry (Chair: Faltin Karlsen)

WP3: Users (Chair: Brita Ytre-Arne)

WP4: Theory and concepts (Chair: Trine Syvertsen)

Related projects:

The project builds on a study funded by the Council for Applied Media Research (RAM) called “Når digitale medier invaderer livet” [“When digital media invades life”] for 2018-2019. We also have a sister project in Portugal from 2021.

 

Financing

The Research Council of Norway (FRIPRO)

Duration

2019-2023

Cooperation

Department of Media and Communication, University of Oslo

Department of Psychology, University of Oslo

Kristiania University CollegeDepartment of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen

 

 

Publications

  • Brita Ytre-Arne; Trine Syvertsen; Hallvard Moe & Faltin Karlsen (2020). Temporal ambivalences in smartphone use: Conflicting flows, conflicting responsibilities. New Media & Society.  ISSN 1461-4448.  22, s 1715- 1732
  • Trine Syvertsen; Faltin Karlsen & Jørgen Bolling (2019). Digital detox på norsk. Norsk Medietidsskrift.  ISSN 0804-8452.  26, s 1- 18
  • Trine Syvertsen & Gunn Enli (2019). Digital detox: Media resistance and the promise of authenticity. Convergence. The International Journal of Research into New Media Technologies.  ISSN 1354-8565.  26

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  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnecting. Emerald Group Publishing Limited.  ISBN 978-1-78769-342-5.  150 s.

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  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Medieflyt og læringsflyt i koronasituasjonen.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Debatt om mobilavhengighet.
  • Karin Fast; Johan Lindell & André Jansson (2020). Disconnection as distinction: A Bourdieusian study of where people withdraw from digital media.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Kan Akademia konkurrere mot Snapchat og Netflix?.
  • Hallvard Moe (2020). DIGITAL DETOX – ein del av livsmeistringa?.
  • Brita Ytre-Arne (2020). Digital mediebruk - kampen om oppmerksomheten.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Ambivalence, resistance and digital detox: How to live happily, responsibly and ethically in an intensely mediated environment? Keynote.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). What is Media Studies? Consolidation and Digital dilemmas.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Reflecting on the future of media and communication research.
  • Hallvard Moe & Ole Jacob Madsen (2020). What we talk about when we talk about digital disconnection.
  • Faltin Karlsen (2020). Game Creation, Monetisation Models, and Ethical Concerns.
  • Faltin Karlsen (2020). Design and undesign.
  •  (2020). Hvem har skylda for at vi blir hekta på mobilen? UiOs podcast Universitetsplassen med Vinoth Vinaya, Hold-gründer og Trine Syvertsen.
  •  (2020). Digital detox: Hva skjer når en gjeng gamere henger i friluft?.
  •  (2020). Intrusive media, ambivalent users, digital detox.
  •  (2020). Jeg savner til og med kolleger jeg ikke liker.
  •  (2020). Expert advice on how to digital detox in self-isolation. On Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnection.
  •  (2020). Does a digital detox make sense during the covid-19 crisis?.
  •  (2020). Mediebruk i koronatider.
  •  (2020). Daniel har ingen sosiale medier - Jeg føler meg mye lykkeligere uten.
  •  (2020). Den nye spilleautomaten.
  •  (2020). Når Daniel (23) kjenner det blir for mykje, deaktiverer han Messenger.
  •  (2020). Mediesjef sletter Facebook-profilen: – Har mistet troen. Intervju om digital detox i forbindelse med at redaktør for Teknisk Ukeblad sletter sin Facebook-profil..
  •  (2020). Trenger dere en digital detox?.
  •  (2020). Flere forsøker digital detox for å være til stede i øyeblikket.
  •  (2020). Koronasituasjonen gjorde at prosjekter måtte legges på is. Men så kastet forskerne seg rundt..
  •  (2020). Jeg trenger hjelp.
  •  (2020). Lever uten smarttelfon og sosiale medier.
  •  (2020). Et kjempenettverk rett i lomma.
  •  (2020). Digital frakobling i fastetida. Intervju på Opptur.
  •  (2020). Slik lykkes du med digital detox.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Digital detox offers new perspectives on our relationship with technology. What's New in Publishing.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Six ways to do a digital detox – and why you should not feel guilty if you fail. Commentary on Digital Detox: The Politics of Disconnection. Female First.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2020). Kan Akademia konkurrere mot Snapchat og Netflix?. Aftenposten.no.
  • Faltin Karlsen (2020). DIGITAL DETOX CAMP: VALUES AND MOTIVATIONS FOR ENGAGING IN DIGITAL DISCONNECT. Selected Papers of Internet Research, SPIR.  ISSN 2162-3317.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2019). Loving and hating media, In Peter Jacobsson & Fredrik Stiernstedt (ed.),  Fritt från fältet - om medier, generationer och värden. Festskrift til Gøran Bolin.  Södertörn University Press.  ISBN 978-91-88663-62-7.  3.  s 37 - 47
  • Ole Jacob Madsen (2019). Du og jeg og skjermen.
  • Faltin Karlsen (2019). Digitox: Intrusive media, ambivalent users and digital detox.
  • Faltin Karlsen (2019). Digitox: Invaderende medier, ambivalente brukere og digital detox.
  • Ole Jacob Madsen (2019). Du og jeg og skjermen.
  • Faltin Karlsen (2019). Invaderende medieteknologi og overdreven bruk.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2019). Digital detox - en ny trend.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2019). Digital detox - årets medietrend.
  • Hallvard Moe & Brita Ytre-Arne (2019). Folk theories of algorithms.
  • Faltin Karlsen & Brita Ytre-Arne (2019). Intrusive media and knowledge workers: Negotiating norms for digital media use.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2019). You've got flight-shame, but what about smartphone-shame? Digital detox and media sustainability.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2019). Media resistance as a collective activity.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2019). Nordic media welfare state and digital detox.
  • Trine Syvertsen (2019). Avoiding the news: Implications of media resistance and non-participation in the digital era.
  •  (2019). Digital forgiftning.
  •  (2019). Skjermfri uke og digital frakobling.
  •  (2019). Forskningsprosjekt om digital detox.
  •  (2019). Skal forske på digital frakobling.
  •  (2019). Digital frakobling.
  •  (2019). Er digital detox årets medietrend?.
  •  (2019). –⁠ Jeg har sett hva folk kan skrive, og å ikke få det i ansiktet hver dag er litt befriende.
  •  (2019). Ber deg bruke påska til å faste fra mobilen.
  •  (2019). Slettet Facebook og fikk bedre livskvalitet.
  •  (2019). Perfekt-effekten.
  •  (2019). De fleste av oss kunne ha godt av å vie mobilen litt mindre oppmerksomhet.
  •  (2019). Digital oppvekst.
  •  (2019). Smartmobilen bør ikke bli en syndebukk.
  • Ole Jacob Madsen (2019). Det digitale jeget. Samtiden.  ISSN 0036-3928.  s 70- 75
  • Faltin Karlsen & Trine Syvertsen (2018). Digital detox på norsk.

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Published Jan. 24, 2019 3:33 PM - Last modified May 19, 2021 10:12 AM

Contact

Trine Syvertsen, Project Manager

See list of participants (below) and list of substudies in the project