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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.

Internet Use, Social Media, and the Brain

  • Due to the effect that social media and internet use has on the brain, these activities can be both physically and psychologically addictive.
  • brain receives a rush of dopamine which causes us to feel pleasure(ie update/notifications). Social media and the internet provide immediate access to information and endless amount of instant rewards in the form of attention from others for fairly minimal effort.
  • being mindful about our own use and considering if there are areas where we need to cut back. This will contribute to our overall well-being and mental health!

Signs and Symptoms of Internet and Social Media Addiction

  • losing track of time, excessive use, compulsive-constant accessing, irritability, impact on relationships, impact on school or employment

Strategies to Address Internet/Social Media Addiction

Go on a Digital Detox, Spend Time Away From Screens (set a certain time of the day for tech free time), Establish a Contingency Plan(make plan around only accessing the internet/social media once you have accomplished something), Reduce Your Contact and Access List (delete unused apps, and unsubscribe from online sites that are not beneficial)

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