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Technology Addiction: Myth Vs Reality

Tech addiction may be real in some cases but is mostly fear-mongering.

Many studies linking technology addiction with mental health problems may be setting a false narrative and blaming technology for unrelated psychological problems.


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Technology Is Not A Drug

Many studies link tech addiction (like playing video games) to cocaine, or methamphetamine usage, as it stimulates the same pleasure centres of the brain.

The dopamine release is blamed for the addiction, but research shows that video games release far less dopamine than drugs, approximately the same as having food.


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Tech Addiction Isn’t As Common As Perceived

Only about 3 percent of gamers develop problematic behaviours leading to bad grades. A vast majority of the problems are mild.

Kids who use smartphones aren’t all addicted, and having a smartphone won’t cause major interference in work or social relationships.


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Tech Addiction Isn’t A Mental Illness

The addiction to games or gaming disorder has been classified as a disease, but it could only be a symptom of other mental health issues like chronic anxiety and depression.

The truth is that most cases are mild and easily cured.


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Tech Addiction Is Not Caused By Technology

If a person is depressed, chronically anxious, or having attention problems, he or she may be showing abnormal behaviour and symptoms, and one of those symptoms may be to use technology in a disproportionate way and be affected by it.

If such a person starts to sleep all day, one doesn’t blame the bed and think that it is a ‘bed addiction’. The mistake is that a symptom is being treated with the real problem being neglected.


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Tech Addiction Isn’t Unique

Apart from using technology, many people indulge in a wide range of activities disproportionately, like exercise, eating, sex or shopping.

The activity isn’t the problem in these cases, but the person’ underlying mental health needs to be diagnosed.


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