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New and profound diagnostic terms are emerging that diagnose actual addiction in this area. It’s called “Internet Addiction Disorder” according to the diagnostic manual used by physicians and other healthcare professionals. If you want the codes here they are: https://www.aihc-assn.org/Blog/tabid/1676/ArticleID/379/Internet-Addiction-A-Digital-Problem-in-the-Real-World.aspx
IAD will display distinct habits. According to the journal Current Psychiatry ReviewsTrusted Source, someone with an IAD will:
- have mood changes
- focus on the internet and digital media
- be unable to control how much time they spend
- need more time or a new game to be happy
- show withdrawal symptoms when not using the internet or technology
- continue using the internet or technology even when it affects their relationships
- neglect their social, work, or school life
How it is diagnosed is complex. Here is a link https://www.psycom.net/iadcriteria.html for you so consider your own habits and that of the medical community https://www.aihc-assn.org/Blog/tabid/1676/ArticleID/379/Internet-Addiction-A-Digital-Problem-in-the-Real-World.aspx. Can you list 25 things that you do each day that does not involve technology? I asked a group of graduate students studying to become speech-language pathologists and they had trouble. How about you?
There are good and unfortunate impacts that technology has had to date based on a variety of sources. Think about the last time that you tried to talk to someone to find that they could not answerer you. They had earbuds in their ears, were not looking up at you – just at a machine and appeared to be in an entirely non-face-to face world. The effect on communication in this century is both astounding and profoundly changing us.
The good news is that there are positive things that we can use computers for, as noted in an example of a few resources below. There are others if you search by grade level which yields similar listings so look at those as well.
American Academy of Pediatrics advises families is that used in moderation can be helpful. https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Pages/Media-and-Children.aspx History is repeating itself. The transition from oral to written language posed challenges for those living through that period. We all need to embrace the change and recognize that things are not all bad with this new change in communication.