The Link between Digital Disconnection and Death Anxiety: a Preliminary Study

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Abstract

This study considered whether being ‘digitally disconnected’ would provoke death anxiety amongst a small group of smartphone users. 37 undergraduate students completed an online survey and then took part in controlled experiments assessing their death thought accessibility, shyness and sociability in relation to a connected versus disconnected state. Results showed that death thoughts increased with disconnection when the smartphone’s importance to self-esteem was taken into account. Shyness increased with digital disconnection but sociability was unaffected. The implications of how this reframes our understanding of smartphone dependency are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115
Number of pages120
JournalAnnual Review of CybertherapyAnd Telemedicine 2019
Volume17
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

Keywords

  • Smartphone dependency
  • death anxiety
  • digital disconnection
  • shyness
  • sociability

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