Ubiquidade das TIC: perigos para a saúde mental reforçados pela crise Covid-19

Translated title of the contribution: The ubiquity of ICTs: mental health risks reinforced by the Covid-19 crisis

Reinaldo Maeneja, Ana Maria Abreu

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Abstract

The aim of this theoretical article is to highlight and discuss current knowledge concerning the use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) during working and non-working hours and the consequential development of burnoutand its implications in interpersonal relations and in family life. Here, we address howthe pervasiveness of ICT might impact interpersonal relationships and, consequently,family and other close relations, directly or indirectly undermining mental health. In atime of great investment in ICT driven by COVID-19 crisis, we should take the time toanalyze if this digital migration opportunity, is not, after all, a constraint. In our view, theissue of ICT overuse does not solely impact mental and family health, but also impactssocial health, as the “fear of missing out” promotes ICT pervasiveness, while reducing interpersonal interaction opportunities. We leave some points for reflection in thismoment of change and digital investment.
Translated title of the contributionThe ubiquity of ICTs: mental health risks reinforced by the Covid-19 crisis
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)571-581
JournalPsicologia, Saúde & Doenças
Volume21
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Keywords

  • ICT pervasiveness
  • Burnout
  • Interpersonal relationships
  • COVID-19

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