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Mindfulness isn’t enough, reflection is key to better digital habits

Sep 30, 2022

The word ‘mindfulness’ is so often used today, it’s almost synonymous with the concept of holistic health. But as these San Diego University researchers have concluded,  mindfulness alone isn’t enough to establish a more intentional, fulfilling relationship with technology.

While mindfulness (defined in this paper as Alertness, Openness, Awareness and Presentness) is a critical first step, we also need to spend time reflecting on the patterns and triggers we unearth as a result of this awareness.

In other words, the what is important- but meaningful change stems from the why’s and what if’s.

This study reminds us that there’s no substitute for time. We must be willing to sit and digest the information we gather. We must be patient if we want to see patterns to emerge. You can read every book, consult every expert, but sustainable change can only take root if you’re willing to take the time to reflect on the things you learn.


  • Do 60 second body scan every morning when you wake up for a week.
  • What are the 1-2 clearest patterns you notice?
  • Reflect on what this means about your mood, energy, and health.
  • *Bonus*  Commit to one daily action that either promotes something positive you felt or helps alleviate something negative.


READ FULL PAPER: Reflectiveness: The Missing Link between Digital Mindfulness and Mindful Use of Digital Technology

Key Quote: “Therefore, we postulate that digital mindfulness when linked to self-initiated reflection on technology use can reduce digital fatigue and increase digital wellness and ultimately improve the productive use of technology through mindful action”

Publication:  Association for Information Systems

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melissa Klase, San Diego State University
  • Olivia Connors, San Diego State University
  • Kaveh Abhari, San Diego State University

Competing interests : Not stated or referenced


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