The following paper deals, according to its title, with a possible coherence between modern, digital media and the phenomenon Burnout. In addition to definitions of the Burnout-Syndrome, and the phases of childhood and adolescence, the paper contains a discussion of the different influences, that the new media have on people and how they are dealing with it in times of globalization.
Since technical communications media are an important part of everyday life, the assumption is being made, that these inventions have made each individual available at all times. Due to this, people are living in a permanent state of ‘stand-by’, in which they can be called into any of their social roles at any time. Consequently, in coherence with work or leisure related stress, which is apparently growing, there is a lack of time and room for stress relief.
This paper asks what it means for children and juveniles to grow up in a mediatized environment, and how they can learn a competent and seminal handling of continuing changes, in particular due to modern, digital media.