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The Psychosocial Impact of Digitalization on Ecological Balance 
Zahra Mughis (Lahore School of Economics)
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Ahmad Nawaz (Lahore School of Economics)
Palmer 1.03
Friday 30 June, -
Time zone: Europe/London

Short Abstract:

Digitalization through its impact on human beliefs and behaviors leads to unequal socio-economic and political outcomes. Therefore, it tends to disrupt the ecological balance which may cause a crisis in the Anthropocene.

Long Abstract:

Digital proliferation is the most extensive, rapid, and organic in the known technological history, more pronounced in the Global South. Its ability to solve problems of structural inequalities in access and connectivity steers the development impact of these immersive technologies. Increased social digitalization has disrupted conventional systems of human interactions with other humans as well as nature.

However, social digitalization's impact on beliefs and behaviors - socio-economic and political - is debatable. The sense of connection or disconnection with the environment shapes how humans engage with it. Digital immersion is, therefore, consequential for the Anthropocene as it determines how the humans perceive the intersection between world ecologies i.e., human, nonhuman, natural and nonnatural.

Social digitalization can serve as a primary driver of development and change. However, lack of digital maturity may have repercussions for the intended beneficiaries of digitally driven development. Those ill-prepared to comprehend and negotiate the psychosocial costs of digital immersion, particularly in Global South, may be the worst affected by the disrupted ecological balance.

This panel invites works exploring the effects of digital immersion on the world's ecological balance by affecting the cobweb of interactions at individual, household, community, and eventually societal levels through an impact on human beliefs and behaviors. Qualitative and quantitative research from both developing and the developed world that studies the various questions on the societal, economic, and environmental externalities of digital immersion mediated by human and nature (dis)connect will be accommodated.

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Session 1 Friday 30 June, 2023, -