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Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest

The Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use Community of Interest brings together addiction and mental health service providers, researchers and subject matter experts in the fields of gambling, technology/Internet use and video gaming to collaborate and share knowledge on emerging trends and clinical best practices.

- finding helpful use of screens and technology to assist with learning

- explored potential risks and benefits of engaging in screen time for younger people

- suggests healthy management, meaningful screen use, positive modelling, and balanced, informed monitoring of screen time and behaviours are all needed.

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generally speaking the benefits outweigh the risks in matters of technology. Yet i am concerned it dehumanizes us ,in particular the young , formative brains of children and adolescents. They live in a virtual world , which is disconnected from the real one. The technology can be cold and impersonal. I am going to a northern Ontario hospital for locums. There  they had a nice program for local artists , be they patients , visitors , doctors , nurses etc. On a big wall , they were  exposing  their art , paintings that is , changing every six weeks or so. People loved to stop by , like in a little art gallery , we  were encouraged to buy art and half of the proceedings was going to the artists and the rest to the hospital . I bought a couple of lovely paintings and   when i pass by  them, i feel good.

The program was discontinued , no more art , and the  wall is now covered with big technical, luminous , ever changing images panels , with names of donors and what the hospital is adding in order to improve. It is good, but cold  and  impersonal.

Makes sense? , to miss the more human , artistic touch , yet still being impressed by how technology is taking over and adding its own glam and benefits everywhere?

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