Digital Stress in Everyday Media Life

The Project:

The personal use of digital technologies and media has increased markedly in recent years. For many people, this increase in use also leads to various forms of digital stress. What digital stress actually is, which forms it takes, and how users cope with it will be explored in this research project.


The following dimensions are relevant in this context:

  • The meaning of digital stress: What forms of digital stress do media users experience? How do they relate to these forms?
  • Practices in coping with digital stress: To what extent is digital stress a part of the everyday leisure activities of users? How do users cope with digital stress?
  • The context and knowledge of users: What role does the context (friends, relatives, media) play in recognizing and coping with stress? Does perception and coping differ depending on how familiar one is with digital technologies?

The qualitative multi-level research framework includes in-depth interviews, group discussions and media ethnographic observations. The results of the project can be used to help develop coping strategies and concepts for dealing with stress situations in families, public institutions and schools.





Current Publications:

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2021). Game Changer Covid19? – Insights From Doing Qualitive Interviews Online. ESA Oral Presentation, Barcelona 2021.

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2021). Getting Along With The Crisis? - The Impact Of Covid19 On Media Use. ESA Oral Presentation, Barcelona 2021.

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2021). Just a couple posts more: Digital stress and the errecting of communicative boundaries. IAMCR Online Conference Paper, 2021.

  • Stein, Svenja; Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2021). Drei Schritte vor, ein Schritt zurück? – Apps zur digitalen Stressbewältigung 19.03.2021. Online verfügbar unter:  

  • Wimmer, J., & Waldenburger, L. (2020). DIGITAL STRESS IN EVERYDAY LIFE. AoIR Selected Papers of Internet Research, 2020.  

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2020). Digitale Technologien und Medien – Auslöser von oder Helfer im Umgang mit digitalem Stress? 15.06.2020. Online verfügbar unter:  



Svenja Stein B.A. (studentische Hilfskraft), Lisa Waldenburger M.A. & Prof. Dr. Jeffrey Wimmer (Projektleitung) © University of Augsburg


E-Mail: digistress [at]


Media Reality
Researcher and PhD candidate
Media Reality