Addiction to alcohol, tobacco, cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, benzodiazepines, cannabis, and opioids can be devastating, as we all know. But video games, online porn, internet gaming, internet gambling, and other technological addictions can be every bit as addictive as substances. These addictions can have real-world ramifications and lead to the loss of jobs, money, and loved ones. As technology becomes integrated into every facet of modern life, these technological addictions are becoming increasingly prevalent. This session will inform healthcare professionals about the addictive potential of technology and help them view these addictions as legitimate psychiatric conditions worthy of medical assessment, diagnosis, and treatment.
- List five forms of Technological Addictions as they appear in the scientific literature of 2021.
- Describe the psychology and culture surrounding Internet Gaming addiction.
- Distinguish between normal use and addiction.
- Discuss strategies for the identification of technological addiction with proper referrals for management.