Personal mobile devices and mental health: A double-edged sword?

Authors

  • Wessel Bentley

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17570/stj.2023.v9n1.at6

Keywords:

Mobile devices, Mental health, Applications, Theology, psychology

Abstract

It has been well documented that there is a correlation between the (over) use of social media and the rise of mental health disorders, especially dependency, depression, anxiety, narcissism, and other behaviour- and mood disorders. The use and functionality of personal mobile devices seized the opportunity to offer individualised and personalised therapeutic services such as applications for mindfulness, exercises to manage depression and anxiety and even to facilitate meditative practices (spirituality). One is then left undecided whether the use of personal mobile devices can be counted as a vice or a blessing. This article will explore impact the use of personal mobile devices have on mental health and the question of being human. It does so within the science and religion discourse.

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Published

2024-01-09

Issue

Section

Special Collection (TSSA 2023)