Survey says…

17 Apr

One of the tasks I wanted to accomplish with my major project was creating a survey on Digital Health & Wellness to put out to my EC&I 832 classmates, twitter followers and students. View the survey here, and my blog post on how I chose what to ask here.

**Also must express my frustration with posting this — it would not let me post with the cropped versions of the screenshots!! So I am sorry, it does not look as pretty!!**

I am not going to lie, I am disappointed with the response I got. I only ended up getting 27 responses, almost all of which were adults between 20-50. I had originally planned to make the survey part of my presentation for Wellness day for my students, however, we ran out of time in both of my sessions due to great discussion, which I was totally okay with! In reflecting, I could have made my survey a bit shorter, as that may have been a deterrent for those completing it.

Although the data is not from a substantial sample, so please keep that in mind, I would like to share some of the findings.

First off here is the ages of my respondents.


I was surprised first of all that only 67% of respondents used Facebook. I thought more would have Facebook.


The next thing that surprised me was how many people look at their phone when they first wake up and when they go to bed. I thought I was one of the only crazy ones!!


In terms of screen time affecting sleep, 1 was not at all, to 5 which was most definitely. Again, with all the information circulating about blue light and screen time affecting sleep, it seems that most people weren’t overly concerned with their screen time affecting their sleep.


Related to sleeping, 78% use their phone as an alarm clock, so it is not surprising that many keep their phone  beside their bed when they sleep. Charging your phone in another room at night, is a popular tip I have seen come up in many places throughout my journey on this topic. Hard to charge your phone in another room when it is your alarm clock…. myself included in this problem!


Another question I asked related to some ways we can hope to achieve more technology balance related to push notifications. I was happy to see that a good chunk of people are not allowing push notifications on all their apps. Turning off push notifications for Instagram and Facebook have been awesome for myself personally.


Again, with 1 being not at all, and 5 being most definitely. Many respondents are feeling distracted by their phones and social media. Not surprising.One of the open ended questions I asked was regarding content on social media that made respondents feeling positively, and subsequently, negatively about themselves.


I really enjoyed reading the positives people get from social media – many of which I feel the same about.  It is also important to to consider the things that made people feel negative about themselves. Is there a way to actually have social media without these things?



I asked a question relating to deleting posts if you didn’t get enough likes, which was definitely more catered to students. I was happy to see this didn’t seem like a stress for adults, but I do worry about the pressure to get likes that young people on social media feel. I also asked questions on how social media affects stress and anxiety level, and both had quite low level responses. Again, a happy surprise, but I am not so sure this would be the same for the younger generation I currently teach.


Not a surprise to me again, was the number of people who have experienced cyber-bullying online. I only fear this number would be higher with students again.


Another idea I have explored throughout this semester towards better digital health is taking a technology break. 59% of my respondents have taken a break, this is also higher than I would have thought.


This seemed to be effective for most that answered.


I also asked about overall digital wellness, with 1 being very unwell, to 5 being very well. Again, I was very pleasantly surprised how well respondents felt they were. I again wonder and worry about our young people.


Although respondents feel quite digitally well, at the same time, they do feel moderately addicted to their social media though. Interesting!


Lastly, I asked what issues (they could click as many as they wanted) related to digital health were most concerning for themselves personally, as well as society as a whole. The charts are hard to read, so just to summarize the top responses.

Personal concerns – Digital distraction (59%), technology addiction (48%), feelings of depression/increased anxiety/stress (33%) and need for instant gratification (26%) were the top answers.

Societal concerns – Technology addiction (78%), cyber bullying (74%), digital distraction (74%), need for instant gratification (70%), narcissistic behaviors (56%), loss of social skills (52%) and feelings of depression/increased anxiety/stress (48%).

Again, I wish I could  have got responses from more people and younger aged students, but I feel very positive about the digital health of my respondents!





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