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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.

This article, from 2021, documents the rise of social media use during the first wave of the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • in the wake of lock downs and social distancing, individuals were looking for ways to remain in connection with friends, family and community. There was an increase of 61% in general social media usage.
  • however, while social media can be a tool for connection, it also becomes a source of depression and anxiety for many, especially when chasing likes, comments, etc. It can actually remind people of their disconnection.
  • Social media also presents a lot of misinformation, stereotypes, false images of reality, etc, which can also be hard for individuals to navigate.

From a clinical perspective, understanding the impact of increased social media during this time will likely to continue to have an impact to this day.

Instagram vs. Reality: The Pandemic’s Impact on Social Media and Mental Health - Penn Medicine

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