European girl in her car multi-tasking, using her laptop while talking on phone.

Nowadays, hardly any of us can work without digital media any more. After all, smartphones, laptops and co offer the option of being able to access a large volume of information at will. Needless to say, we are also able to act promptly. But that’s exactly where the crux of the matter lies: according to the study “Gesund digital arbeiten?!”(Is working digitally healthy?) published by the project Prävention für sicheres  und gesundes Arbeiten mit digitalen Technologien (Safe and healthy work practices for digital technologies, PräDiTec), one in five employees experiences major digital stress as a result of their job. For their study, a consortium of scientists from the Project Group Business & Information Systems Engineering Fraunhofer FIT, the Research Centre on Business Management for Questions of Medium-Sized Companies (BF/M Beyreuth) and the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) interviewed over 5,000 employees.

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Author profile picture Almut Otto is a writer and has over 30 years of know-how in the communications industry. She learned the trade of journalism from scratch in a daily newspaper and in a special interest magazine. After studying communication sciences in Munich, she worked as an international PR manager in the textile, shoe, outdoor and IT industries for a long time. For some years now, she has been concentrating more on her journalistic background. As a passionate outdoor and water sports enthusiast - her hobbies include windsurfing, kitesurfing, SUP boarding, sailing and snowboarding - she is particularly interested in keeping the oceans clean and shaping a sustainable future. In addition, she is always fascinated by the latest developments from the world's hardware and software laboratories.