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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.

Social media can hurt kids. For many 2SLGBTQ+ youth, it's a lifeline. -

This article isn't about problem gaming specifically, but more so related to technology use in general. The article discusses the following main points:

  • technology use amongst 2SLGBTQ+ youth is critical in developing relationships and sense of self;
  • technology use amongst 2SLGBTQ+ youth "fair better in their day to day life" when they have continuous use of technology;
  • while there are so many benefits to technology, it still doesn't take away the need for supportive families and communities for 2SLGBTQ+ youth IRL. It can be a lifesaving tool, but it shouldn't be the solution for 2SLGBTQ+ youth; homophobia and transphobia needs to continue to be challenged to make spaces in public and in the home more safe for 2SLGBTQ+ youth.

I thought this article was interesting because it talked through the very real benefits of technology for youth, naming it as literally lifesaving. But, also named that while technology has been critically important, it's not an alternative to IRL community and relationships. Both are needed.

From a clinical perspective, it's important to know these realities for folks who are from marginalized and systemically oppressed communities. The way that hetero-cisgender youth use technology is very different than the way that 2SLGBTQ+ youth use technology, or urban Indigenous youth, or disabled youth, etc, especially when folks are having intersecting identities.

So if a 2SLGBTQ+ youth was experiencing PTU, the treatment plan would need to look very different, with different considerations, than other youth.

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