Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Holistic Health Studies


Holistic Health

First Advisor

Carol Geisler

Second Advisor

Stasia Johnson Steinhagen

Third Advisor

Janet Dahlem


Holistic Health Studies


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.