Digital Detox
Why Taking a Break from Technology Can Improve Your Well-Being
by Bernadette H. Schell
March 2022, 255pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-1-4408-7811-4
$69, £54, 60€, A95
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Smartphones, the internet, and social media have become a part of our daily lives, but more and more people are choosing to take a break from technology to improve their physical and mental health.

This book discusses the dangers of too much technology use, explores the benefits of digital detoxing, and outlines the different programs and approaches available to help you unplug. It's an invaluable resource for readers looking to establish a healthier relationship with the digital world.

Health professionals and the general public are becoming increasingly aware that addiction to the internet, social media, online games, and other forms of technology has become a real problem with significant negative impacts on physical, psychological, and social health. To combat this issue, some are now undertaking a "digital detox," and many options have emerged to help individuals unplug, whether for a weekend or for longer-term change.

Digital Detox: Why Taking a Break from Technology Can Improve Your Well-Being explores both the dark side of technology’s ever-present existence in today’s world and what individuals can do to find better balance in their digital lives. Part I explores addiction to the internet and other novel technologies. What effect does overindulgence in social media, gaming, online shopping, or even "doomscrolling" through internet news sites have on our self-esteem, relationships with others, and happiness? This section also explores how researchers study and quantify technology addiction. Part II focuses on the digital detox countermovement, examining how various programs, support groups, retreats, and even technology itself can help individuals conquer their digital addictions.


  • Provides readers with a solid understanding of the causes and symptoms of various forms of internet addiction
  • Explores a range of strategies that can help readers develop a personal digital detox regimen
  • Examines the latest study findings from experts in mental health, business, and information technology on which digital detox strategies work well in both the short term and long term for different segments of the population
  • Includes resources to help readers delve further into digital detox topics of particular interest
Bernadette H. Schell is a well-published professor in the human-computer interaction domain. A professor emeritus in the Faculty of Management at Laurentian University, Ontario, Canada, she has authored numerous books, including The Internet and Society, Hackers and Hacking, and Internet Censorship from ABC-CLIO's Contemporary World Issues series, and is coauthor of Hacking and Technology-Driven Crime: Social Dynamics and Implications (with Thomas J. Holt). She has taught undergraduate and graduate university courses in management and computer security at Ontario Tech University and Laurentian University and has written a broad range of journal articles dealing with cybercrime.
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