Tech Dependence & Addiction

What is Tech Dependence or Tech Addiction?

Tech dependence or Addiction is the the use of technology that interferes with physical, psychological, or social functions.  This dependence can impact not only the individual but also their relationships, family interactions, and work life. 

According to a 2018 beta draft of the World Health Organization's 11th ICD, "Gaming disorder is characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behaviour (‘digital gaming’ or ‘video-gaming’), which may be online (i.e., over the internet) or offline, manifested by: 1) impaired control over gaming (e.g., onset, frequency, intensity, duration, termination, context); 2) increasing priority given to gaming to the extent that gaming takes precedence over other life interests and daily activities; and 3) continuation or escalation of gaming despite the occurrence of negative consequences. The behaviour pattern is of sufficient severity to result in significant impairment in personal, family, social, educational, occupational or other important areas of functioning. "

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