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User Experiences Concerning the Impact of Spiritual Apps on Everyday Life

Dülberg, Hannah (2023) User Experiences Concerning the Impact of Spiritual Apps on Everyday Life.

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Abstract:Nowadays in the 2020’s, a wide range of apps for spirituality exist on the market. They can support the user to implement spiritual practices into everyday life and serve as guidance for spiritual living. Investigating how those spirituality apps can influence the user’s life and support a spiritual lifestyle can be an important contribution, as research has shown that spirituality in daily life can reap several health benefits, such as, building better stress resilience. Even the field of positive psychology supports and implements spiritual practices as it has acknowledged the possibilities for well-being. In this research, a qualitative approach was used to understand more about how users of apps for spirituality perceive those apps in influencing how they live their daily life. In total, 23 semi-structured interviews were conducted, and 15 of those were used for analysis. The thematic analysis was based on the six steps offered by Braun and Clarke (2006). It became evident that participants reported on changes that they noticed in their everyday life since implementing more spiritual practices with these apps. Those changes relate to different domains, such as organisation, coping strategies, self-care, routines, and evaluation of situations. Furthermore, the effects of using spirituality apps were largely described as positive and desirable. However, some participants talked about negative experiences, reporting that the apps can also create more stress or pressure during the day. As there is a general research gap for qualitative studies relating to the topic of spirituality apps, this study contributes to filling this gap by providing qualitative insights into user experiences. Keywords: spirituality, spirituality apps, daily life, influence, alteration
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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