Driven by innovation and technological evolution, the digital transformation is reshaping society, education and the world of work. Digital skills development has become essential for our everyday lives, and younger generations in particular spend many hours on new technologies, e.g. social media. This “new normal” can cause severe mental health issues. Yet, only very few EU policies address mental health and well-being in relation to technology.
This policy brief proposes three recommendations including concrete initiatives to the European Commission in order to mitigate the negative consequences on mental well-being in the digital age. These recommendations include procedures to increase the awareness of policymakers as well as the general public, and measures to increase the mental resilience of individuals.