Power Down: 5 Ways To Fight Digital Burnout
Learn about the connections between screen time and mental health and how you can recognize warning signs of digital burnout
August 15, 2022
Digital burnout, or the feelings of anxiety, exhaustion, and apathy caused by spending too much time on digital devices, is a growing problem.
As technology makes us more interconnected and more of us rely on computers, tablets, and smartphones for work or school, the risk of burning out goes up and up.
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A Growing Problem
A 2019 Workplace Productivity Report showed how widespread digital burnout has become.
The study surveyed 1,057 American office workers. Of that group, 87% spent an average of seven hours a day staring at screens. More than half of those surveyed reported fatigue or depression stemming from digital overload.
The increase in burnout has led to action by the World Health Organization (WHO). In 2019, the WHO officially recognized burnout as an “occupational phenomenon” that can influence health status.
The group defines burnout as “a syndrome conceptualized as resulting from chronic workplace stress that has not been successfully managed.”
The WHO says that burned-out individuals have “feelings of energy depletion or exhaustion, increased mental distance from one’s job, or feelings of negativism or cynicism related to one’s job and reduced professional efficacy.”