What are the impacts of technology on well-being of adolescents?

In a recent paper, David Šmahel, Hayriye Güleç, Adéla Lokajová, Lenka Dědková and Hana Macháčková proposed an integrative model synthesizing theories from media and communication studies, developmental psychology, and health sciences to explain the impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) on adolescents’ well-being (iMEW). Explore what we found below!

December 2022 Hayriye Gülec

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have become commonplace in adolescents’ lives, and they have grown in importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, when online communication became standard for many parts of life. This brings the need for developmental psychology to revise and update its theories for these new societal challenges. It is beneficial to look at these changes from an interdisciplinary perspective to enrich developmental psychology with knowledge from other fields. The new model brings a more comprehensive understanding to adolescents’ development and the effects of ICTs on their well-being. It is also helpful for the empirical research because it can serve as a roadmap for research that focuses on the effects of ICT.

The conceptual Integrative Model of ICTs Effects on adolescents’ Well-being (iMEW). Note: The list is not exhaustive and the specific variables that we mention in the boxes are only examples.

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