In 3 weeks time on November 7, ‘International Stress Awareness Day‘ we’ll dedicate with the Online Stress Summit a whole day on the topic “Does Hi-Tech cause Hi-Stress?“
Danielle and I have interviewed international experts and asked them their view on the positive and the adverse effects technology can have on our health and well-being including technostress, game and technology addiction.
Technology addiction is a broad term that refers to the uncontrollable urge to use technological devices such as computers, smartphones, and gaming systems. Technology addiction appears to be more prevalent among teenagers, but is found amongst the broader population as well. According to the International Journal of Neuropsychiatric Medicine, as many as one in eight Americans suffers from some type of technology addiction.
Technology addiction is a recently identified addiction that has not yet been medically classified but has been linked to the widespread and rapid evolvement and use of technological devices. What actually causes technology addiction is not all that well understood. Researchers claim it may be a combination of inherent genetic traits and elements in the environment. These three factors have been identified as possible underlying causes of technology addiction:
- State of an individual’s mental health
- Personality traits
- Environmental factors
On the Online Stress Summit we talk about techno and game addiction with digital stress expert Matthias Dewilde (BE) who was himself addicted to games and now goes around schools and advises parents on how deal with it.
Here is his interview preview
Matthias Dewilde (BE) is a digital stress expert, author & consultant. After experiencing a long term screen & gaming addiction himself, he now guides children, parents & companies alike in creating a more balanced on- & offline lifestyle at home or at work.
His clients, including Marriott, Teamleader & Cronos, have relied on him to show the impact technology is having on our wellbeing & our kids – and how to thrive & find peace in a world filled with devices.
As a speaker he is connected to organizations such as Child Focus and received national acclaim & press coverage for his engagements and contributions to treating screen & gaming addiction.
Watch also the interview with Technostress expert Sean D. Waters (SA) who also addresses the topic of social media addition
Sean D. Waters (SA) is the founder of the Stress Less Clinic® and the authority on Technostressology™the study of technostress as a modern disease on which he has done extensive research.
He works as a Stress Specialist Practitioner in the Stress Less Clinic® in Johannesburg where he provides simple effective and practical ways of helping both individuals and companies on awareness, understanding, managing, coping, and evaluating their lives.
Make sure you register to the FREE Online Stress Summit to watch Mattias’ and Sean’s full interview and many others on and from November 7.