Digital Self-care in Everyday Life

Project dates: 01/07/2022 - Ongoing

The aim of this project is to better understand self-care practices with digital technologies amongst young adults and to explore opportunities for digital technology design.

Self-care is a process of purposeful engagement in practices that promote holistic health and well-being of the self. Holistic health implies overall health and this encompasses more than just physical health but also includes mental, emotional and even spiritual health of a person. For some people, cooking can be a form of self-care to eat healthily and to get a break from work. In this project we are particularly interested in the intersection of digital technologies and self-care, or what we call ‘digital self-care: purposeful engagement with digital technologies that promotes holistic health and well-being of the self. This could take many forms, like listening to music streaming or podcasts to relax or to work out.

This is a collaborative project in partnership with IT students, with support from the QUT Wellbeing Strategy team, Dr Michelle Newcomb from the School of Public Health & Social Work, and A/Prof Tuck Wah Leong at UTS.

Participate in Research

Are you interested in self-care and digital technologies?

We would like to invite individuals who are practising self-care to take part in a study that involves a workshop, a diary study (over 1-2 weeks), and an interview. Please view the attached Participant_Information_Sheet for further details on the study.

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact Tara Capel via email.

This study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 7297).

Chief Investigators


Other Team Members

  • Trinh Dinh - IT Student
  • Rowen Fernandopulle - IT Student
  • Simon Hanmer - IT Student
  • Gabriel Largo - IT Student
  • Corey McCormick - IT Student
  • Serene Mishteler - IT Student
  • Freya Sambain - IT Student
  • Samuel Telford - IT Student
  • Jamie Yates - IT Student
  • Ho Yan Cheng - IT Student

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