Does intense ICT use after work help or hinder psychological recovery?

Cristina Quinones’ conference paper on ICT use and recovery – presented at CIPD’s 2016 Applied Research Conference –  can now be downloaded from the CIPD website:


Information communication technologies (ICTs) have become a popular leisure platform (for example gaming, social networking). Psychological recovery during our leisure time is vital to replenish psychological and cognitive resources spent at work. In this paper I test whether ICT use for private purposes can be an effective recovery strategy after work through a diary study design. I found that the extent to which ICT use after work leads to detachment and relaxation depends on an individual’s compulsive tendencies. Based on these findings, I discuss ways in which we can test whether our leisure activities are actually helping or hindering recovery.

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