Digital addiction was first diagnosed as Internet Addiction in 1996 By the late Dr Kimberly Young, an American Psychologist. The launch of the smartphone and increased availability of internet connections have seen a sharp rise in our dependency on technology. Its seamless integration into all aspects of lives means many are unaware of their addiction.
Since the rise of the smartphone and the always on culture stress, anxiety and depression cases have all increased. Children are particularly vulnerable to overuse of digital devices and it can hinder their development.
To grow and prosper in a digital world we need to learn how to develop healthy digital habits as prevention is often the best cure. Users need clear guidelines on the causes, symptoms, and potential remedies of digital addiction. It is vital to educate users to improve their understanding of the impact excessive digital consumption can have on their well being.
This is why maintaining a positive digital material consumption is so important to our mental health and well being. Parents, Schools and businesses all have role to play in developing positive digital habit.
The Digital Wellness hub offers an online resource, where people can obtain information, seek advice on areas of digital use , potential treatment for Digital Addictions and support to ensure in case of relapse
If you are concerned about your digital use or have friend or family member that required assistance please get in contact with us or check our Digital Addiction page for free information.