Today, the overwhelming majority of German employees uses digital technology and media in their jobs. From a host of studies, we know that the digitalization of workplaces poses new challenges to its users. Depending on the situational demand, personal characteristics, and personal resources, this can lead to digital stress which may have serious long-term consequences.
To contribute to the healthy usage of digital technology and media, this project has the goal to investigate the coping of negative digital stress. To cope with stress, people generally have different options. These options range from problem-oriented measures to emotion-oriented strategies. Depending on the situation, these measures are more or less effective and are employed in combination and in different orders. This project seeks to investigate how useful particular combinations of coping strategies are.
But does digital stress also have positive sides? Situations that stress us but might be perceived positively are for example the personal wedding, the birth of a child, or the first day on a new job. Literature suggests that such stress does not necessarily need to be yield negative emotions and consequences. In this project, we thus seek to shed light on the positive side of stress in the work context.