TH+ Expert Webinar with Dr. Rachael Kent: Covid-19 and digital behaviour

Whether it is working longer hours, binge watching Netflix, or catching up with family on Zoom, our reliance on digital technology has been hugely exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic. However, what impact is this having on society and our health?

With people pushed to digital detoxes and others combating loneliness with instant messages, we wanted to understand how the pandemic’s reliance on tech has affected our health.


In this expert webinar Dr Rachael Kent, Lecturer in Digital Economy and Society Education at Kings College London, discusses her 'COVID-19 and Digital Behaviour' empirical research findings. She explores how our digital and online behaviour have changed during lockdown, and how our personal, social and professional interactions might be shaped in the future. 

For the first time we have transitioned to a new reality where just as much of our lives are online as they are offline. Rachael discusses some of the major impacts of this digital transition, including toxic productivity and technology overload.

This webinar covers:

  • The effects of technology saturation on our health 
  • How to have a healthy everyday relationship with digital technology 
  • Technology overload and fatigue 
  • The Covid-19 pandemic and tech use 

Expert Profile:

Dr. Rachel Kent is a scholar in the fields of digital health, digital media, and the digital economy. Kent’s academic research is interdisciplinary, examining the intersections of technology and the body, health and surveillance. Specifically, Dr. Kent’s research focuses on how digital technology influences everyday mental and physical health.

Dr. Kent gained her PhD from the Department of Culture, Media and Creative Industries at King’s College London. She is currently writing her first book, The Health Self - Digital Performativity and Health Management in Everyday Life and offers digital health and corporate wellness consultancy via her business Dr. Digital Health.

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