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, L.; Wimmer, J.; Stein, S. (2023): Ein gesunder Umgang mit Smartphones? Eine zweistufige Analyse von Apps gegen digitalen Stress. IN: merz - Zeitschrift für Medienpädagogik. 67 (1), 68-74.

  • Waldenburger, L./Wimmer, J. (2022): Digital media use in public space – an oberservational study of self-service technology during covid19-pandemic. Oral Presentation at AoIR 02.-05.11., Dublin (Irland).

  • Waldenburger, L./Wimmer, J. (2022): Digital stress in media life - insights from doing a qualitative long-term study. Workshop: Methodological Challenges of Doing Audience Research in (post) covid times, ECREA - Audience and Reception Studies Section, 14.10., Aarhus (Dänemark).

  • Stein, Svenja; Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2022). Nach der Erhebung ist vor der Auswertung – Erfahrungen aus der empirischen Feldphase der Langzeitstudie “Digitaler Stress im Medienalltag” 17.06.2022. Online verfügbar unter:

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2022). Qualitative content analysis of media diaries with a focus on further qualitative online interviews. In SAGE Research Methods: Doing Research Online. SAGE Publications, Ltd.

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2022): Digitale Medien, Gesundheit und Medienkompetenz im Alltag: Das Phänomen Digitaler Stress. In: Alexandra Manzei-Gorsky, Cornelius Schubert und Julia von Hayek (Hg.): Digitalisierung und Gesundheit: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG, S. 303–326. 

  • Stein, Svenja, Waldenburger, Lisa, & Wimmer, Jeffrey (2022): Healthy use of digital media and technologies – A two-step analysis of apps against digital stress. Oral Presentation at Postconference “Digital Health Communication: Issues and Perspectives” of 72nd Annual Conference der International Communication Association (ICA), 31. Mai bis 01. Juni 2022, Dijon, Frankreich.

  • Waldenburger, Lisa, & Wimmer, Jeffrey (2022): Die Herausforderungen einer subjektbezogenen Theorie digitalen Stresses als empirisch-fundierte Erweiterung bisheriger Stress-Theorien. Oral Presentation at 3. Tagung des Netzwerks Qualitative Methoden, 12.-13. Mai 2022, Berlin.

  • Wimmer, Jeffrey (2022): Communication in (Post) Pandemic world: Technology, Immersive Media and Health.

    Keynote at Pakistan Association of Media and Communication Academic Professional (AMCAP) International Media Conference, 2.-3. Februar 2022, Okara, Pakistan.

  • Wimmer, Jeffrey (2022): Health and Well-being in (post) Pandemic World: Roles and Responsibilities of Media and Communication.

    Talk at AMCAP International Media Conference, 2.-3. Februar 2022, Okara, Pakistan.

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2021). Game Changer Covid19? – Insights From Doing Qualitive Interviews Online. ESA Oral Presentation, 31. August -3. September, Barcelona, Spain.

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2021). Getting Along With The Crisis? - The Impact Of Covid19 On Media Use. ESA Oral Presentation, 31. August -3. September, Barcelona, Spain.

  • Waldenburger, Lisa; Wimmer, Jeffrey (2021). Just a couple posts more: Digital stress and the errecting of communicative boundaries. IAMCR Online Conference Paper, 11.-15-Juli 2021, Nairobi, Kenya.

  • 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