Internet stress and wellbeing: Daoist and Hellenistic reflections

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The excessive reliance on the Internet can potentially result on dependence and in some cases addiction that can potentially have a negative impact on wellbeing. In this paper we shall collectively refer to the negative impacts of the Internet on wellbeing, as Internet Stress. Although wellbeing (or happiness, self-fulfilment, or the ancient Greek philosophical notion of eudaimonia) can have different meanings to different people, it may not be controversial to say that wellbeing is typically a key pursuit of human beings. This paper explores the phenomenon of Internet Stress and its possible amelioration if not solution, from two philosophical perspectives: from the East, a Daoist perspective and from the West, a Hellenistic perspective, and one that encompasses both Stoic and Epicurean philosophy.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAmbiguous Technologies
Subtitle of host publicationPhilosophical Issues, Practical Solutions, Human Nature
EditorsElizabeth A. Buchanan, Paul B. de Laat, Jenny Klucharich, Herman T. Tavani
Place of PublicationLisbon
PublisherThe International Society of Ethics and Information Technology
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 2014
EventAnnual Conference of Computer Ethics and Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE 2013) - Lisbon, Portugal
Duration: 01 Jul 201303 Jul 2013


ConferenceAnnual Conference of Computer Ethics and Philosophical Enquiry (CEPE 2013)


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