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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.

I've come across an article that steps back from an individual addiction focus and looks at our societal level of addiction to technology and its possible consequences:

The article outlines two areas of concern: reduced productivity, and insufficient input to our neurocircuitry. For productivity, they call for more research examining the optimal level of technology use before the many distractions detract from human performance. For our neurocircuitry, they suggest that our basic needs (i.e. connection, seeking novel experiences, etc.) are insufficiently being addressed through technology, resulting in 'atrophy of the social mind' among other results.

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Thanks for sharing this!

I've often thought about the impacts of PTU on our brains - as a parent of young children, I worry about how much time they spend online and how excited they get when they see something the first time and then how that continues when they watch something over and over.

I think that the connection that people are getting online isn't giving what is needed for sucessful relationships. If the key to treating addiction is relationship, then perhaps there is a disservice being done when people are turning to digital relationships.

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