Digital Detox Research: An Analysis of Applied Methods and Implications for Future Studies

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The development and increasing use of technology worldwide can lead to potential negative consequences for individuals' well-being and productivity. To counteract negative consequences, both scientific research and practice have shown increasing interest in digital detox research, a rising phenomenon of abstinence and temporary or complete disengagement from digital technologies. To lay a foundation for future research, we conducted a systemic literature review with a focus on the methodological aspects of the existing empirical digital detox studies. Our literature search process revealed a total of 65 studies. Our analyses of this literature basis revealed five different research fields (communication, education, tourism, well-being and health, work environment), and we analyzed the empirical studies in these fields regarding applied research approach, research method, and sample size. This review provides methodological insights to advance the scientific inquiry on digital detox research, a relatively nascent, yet increasingly relevant research topic.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2023
Event18th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik - Paderborn, Heinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum, Germany
Duration: 18 Sept 202321 Sept 2023


Conference18th International Conference on Wirtschaftsinformatik
Abbreviated titleWI23
CityHeinz Nixdorf MuseumsForum
Internet address


  • Digital Detox
  • Digital Detox Research Designs
  • Empirical Digital Detox Studies
  • Methodological Review


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