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Dr. Andrew Campbell Discusses the Impacts of Technology

Associate Professor Andrew Campbell has been researching and teaching in Digital Mental Health, Cyberpsychology and Child, Adolescent and Family Mental Health for over 20 years. He is the Chair of Australia’s first formal Cyberpsychology Research Group located within the research theme of Biomedical Informatics & Digital Health in School of Medical Sciences in the Faculty of Medicine & Health at The University of Sydney. He is the Inaugural Australasian Editor of the journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking and speaks regularly through media and community events about consumer technologies impact on health and wellbeing. Dr Andrew Campbell speaks on the positive and negative impacts of technology.

From the first pocket calculators that were built over 70 years ago through to the ultra-light laptop devices of today, technology has become intrinsically engrained into our lives. However, new research reveals two thirds (69%) of Australians feel overwhelmed by how much their lives depend on technology. The pace of modern life has impacted how we perceive technology and caused us to think about whether it is truly bringing us the enriching experience it promises. Especially as the world shifts to working from home and being surrounded by technology in more ways than ever before, one in three (32%) Australians agree technology is a major source of stress in our lives.

It is a well-known fact that Millennials and Generation Z have a bad reputation for their perceived phone addiction. However, you may find it surprising that the younger generation are feeling the negative effects of device usage, with nearly half (46%) of Aussies aged under 35 admitting tech has negatively affected their mental health.

While a complete digital detox isn’t exactly practical in 2022, a digital experience, REFLCT has been designed to encourage mindfulness and help Aussies better understand their relationship with technology. The scientifically designed quiz looks at the four pillars of digital experience: connectivity, productivity, entertainment and health and wellness with users receiving a unique 3D representation of their digital wellness at the end.

Technology has been the key driver in bringing humanity closer to each other, keeping us productive, entertaining us and helping us keep track of our health and wellbeing. To ensure we’re engaging with our tech in a way that promotes positivity, HP is encouraging Aussies to try the REFLCT digital experience and live more digitally healthy and balanced lives.


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