Mindfulness in a Digital World

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Using a lens of mindfulness, this book explores how digital dependencies can displace attention and undermine attentional control, leading to experiences of stress and mindless involvement with digital technology. Using qualitative interviews with teachers and students of mindfulness programmes, the book explores the challenges and opportunities for reconciling digital interactions with mindful practice. A phenomenological analysis of participants’ digital experiences shows three different imperatives (relating to digital capabilities, hyper-reality and algorithms), that can drive unconscious forms of interaction and encourage a delegation of attentional control that draws users away from the present moment. The book concludes by exploring the implications of these (extra-conscious) imperatives for understanding digital addiction. It also provides a set of guidelines for a digital approach to mindfulness practice that can encourage beneficial relationships with digital technology into the future.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages101
ISBN (Electronic)9783031194078
ISBN (Print)9783031194061
Publication statusPublished - 17 Nov 2022

Publication series

NamePalgrave Studies in Cyberpsychology
PublisherPalgrave MacMillan


  • digital dependency
  • mindfulness
  • wellbeing
  • meditation
  • cyberpsychology
  • human computer interaction
  • Mental health
  • digital habits
  • internet addiction
  • smartphone addiction
  • social media addiction


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