Flaws in flawlessness: perfectionism as a new technology driven mental disorder

Sedera, Darshana and Lokuge, Sachithra ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4558-687X (2020) Flaws in flawlessness: perfectionism as a new technology driven mental disorder. In: 41st International Conference on Information Systems: Making Digital Inclusive: Blending the Local and the Global (ICIS 2020), 13-16 Dec 2020, Hyderabad, India.


Today, technologies, devices and systems play a major role in our lives. Anecdotal commentary suggests that such technologies and our interactions with them create a false sense of perfectionism about life, events and its outcomes. While it is admirable to strive for better outcomes; constant and sometimes unrealistic expectations create a psychological condition commonly known as ‘Perfectionism’– the fear of not doing something right or the fear of not being good enough. In this paper, based on the Diagnostic Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-III), we conceptualize ‘digital perfectionism’ as an emerging disorder, that is specific to our increasing interactions with tools and technologies. By using a sample of 336 individuals, this study makes valuable early insights on digital perfectionism, its conceptualization and its effects on the individuals.

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Date Deposited: 07 Oct 2021 06:50
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 04:25
Uncontrolled Keywords: digital perfectionism, dark side of IT, Atelophobia, survey
Fields of Research (2008): 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080607 Information Engineering and Theory
Fields of Research (2020): 46 INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES > 4609 Information systems > 460909 Information systems philosophy, research methods and theory
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/43236

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