Being continuously connected means communicating, staying up-to-date, making quick purchases, being able to work anywhere, but also experiencing an uninterrupted flow of notifications and stimuli, sometimes created with the express aim of keeping us glued to our screens for as long as possible. Stress often ensues, as valuable time is subtracted from personal lives and relationships. Digital malaise is the true hidden cost we pay in order to enjoy the benefits of many apps and programmes. We need to explore – as this book does, from a critical perspective – the link between technologies and well-being, in order to better understand how technologies can support or hinder our welfare, how they should be designed in the future, and whether their self-regulation potential allows us to exploit the constructive opportunities they provide.
Marco Fasoli, a research fellow at the Bicocca University in Milan, studies philosophy of technology, cognitive science, neuroethics, and digital competency.