Date of Award

5-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies

First Advisor

Carol Geisler

Second Advisor

Stasia Johnson Steinhagen

Third Advisor

Janet Dahlem

Department/School

Holistic Health Studies

Abstract

The personal and business use of electronic/digital media (E/DM) has increased rapidly in the past few decades. Many research studies suggest a connection between this increased use and damage to mental and physical health. Few studies examine the potential benefits from decreased use, but non-scholarly sources encourage a practice of regularly unplugging from technology. Based in phenomenological inquiry, this study examines the lived experience of six adult Jewish women who unplug on a weekly basis as part of their observance of Jewish Shabbat. This study provides preliminary data on the benefits of this practice, using three arts-informed methods of data collection: storytelling, photography and collage. Results suggest that unplugging on a weekly basis provide holistic health benefits in the realms of mental, physical, spiritual, social and environmental health. Future research should include a larger, more varied population.

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