Managing stress through the Stress Free app: Practices of self-care in digitally mediated spaces

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Tucker, I. and Goodings, L. 2015. Managing stress through the Stress Free app: Practices of self-care in digitally mediated spaces. Digital Health. 1 (0).
AuthorsTucker, I. and Goodings, L.
Abstract

In this paper we are concerned with the question of how we feel when living in concert with multiple technologies. More
specifically, we are focused on the influx of digital apps designed to manage psychological wellbeing. We draw on empirical
work exploring one such app, Stress Free, and focus on the experiences of stress and technological tools designed to lessen
stress. Our concern is with the way that technologies become part of the experience of stress as opposed to solely understanding
the app as a tool aimed to reduce the occurrence and severity of stress. This involves taking a theoretical journey
through philosophies of technology that provide valuable resources for conceptualising the relational characteristics of
digitally mediated stress. Our wider interest is to speak to broader concerns with the movement to ‘digital care’ and the
implications for how we conceptualise technology, self and care therein.

JournalDigital Health
Journal citation1 (0)
ISSN2055-2076
Year2015
PublisherSAGE Publications
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Web address (URL)http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/2055207615580741
Publication dates
Print05 May 2015
Publication process dates
Deposited07 Dec 2015
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