Eksistentialisme i en Digitaliseret Tidsalder

Janus Wiwe Hansen & Mourits Horst Løvholt

Studenteropgave: Bachelorprojekt


This paper examines the role of new media, defined as smartphones, social media and other
computer based electronic means of communication and entertainment in relation to mental
health among young people. Our study is especially anchored in research on correlation
between mental health issues and new media by American psychologist Jean Twenge in her
2017 book ‘iGen’ and is supplemented by a literature review composed of findings from
different studies using different means of investigating the relationship between new media
and mental health. Lastly we have investigated whether the psychological insights into the
human situation by Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard can shed light on this
relationship. We examine concepts from his works ‘The Present Age’ and ‘Stages on life’s
way” to investigate their relevance in a modern context and to understand behaviours related
to the use of new media in 2019 compared to observations he made about his own time of
the 1840s.
We found that the use of new media is widespread and on the rise in the entire world and
that young people are especially prone to addictive behaviour in relation to their use. We
also found that taking a Kierkegaardian perspective seem appropriate and might be
employed as a framework to think about issues of our time.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Bachelor
Udgivelsesdato25 maj 2019
Antal sider217
VejledereBjarne Jacobsen