Modelling the future: Understanding the impact of technology on adolescent’s well-being (FUTURE)Although impacts of technology usage on well-being have been examined from the onset of Internet development, the existing research lacks consistency and complexity in capturing diverse dimensions of well-being. Further, the advancing technological development creates a need for models enabling the prediction of future technology impacts based on comprehension of the general principles related to technology’s effects. Acknowledging these gaps, this project will develop a complex integrative theory depicting the short- and long- term impacts of technology usage on adolescents’ physical, psychological, and social well-being. We will integrate theories from diverse fields, notably media studies, psychology, and health. The theory development will be based on empirical data from (1) existing research, (2) 3-wave longitudinal study, (3) series of experimental studies, and (4) intense data collections with the support of innovative research tools. The project will develop prospective models what will help to understand and predict future impacts of technology on well-being.
This project has been funded by Czech Science Foundation as an "EXPRO" project. EXPRO is a prestigious and highly competitive grant which supports research teams led by top internationally recognized scientists. It supports excellent projects which are often “high risk and high gain” with potential for substantial advancement of scientific knowledge and significant enhancement of the quality of science.