New Information Teaches Good Usage of Technology To Prevent Addiction

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Screen addiction

An information campaign describing the correct use of electronic devices is being launched as WHO prepares to consider "video game disorder" as a new disease.


Does your teen spend too much time using social networks, is your baby fascinated by nursery rhymes on your tablet, or do you check your smartphone over a hundred times a day? Maybe, then, you are like 59% of French people. Or, like 69% of French people, you are worried about the increasing importance technological devices have in the daily lives of your children. In fact, before three years, it is best not to expose children to the TV.

A new information site opened to the public in France, which outlines the proper use of technology. It is a private initiative launched by the Institute of Medical Education and Prevention (IEMP). The social and psychological consequences (withdrawal, breaking of emotional bonds, mood disorders, hyperactivity) are discussed, as well as health complications (poor posture, sleep disorders, the risks of having a sedentary lifestyle, being overweight, cardiovascular risk...) from using technological devices too much.

The World Health Organization announced that it would include a new disease in the eleventh list of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) in May 2018: the "video game disorder.”


Addiction To Screens? Depends

Should we speak of an addiction to screens? No! "For all psychiatrists and neuroscientists, the use of technology cannot be considered addictive behavior,” says Pierre-Marie Lledo, Director of the Department of Neuroscience at the Institut Pasteur. “This is because abstinence does not lead to withdrawal, as is the case with substance abuse, and there is no risk of relapse.”

"This is an excellent initiative," says researcher Daphné Bavelier, a professor at the University of Geneva and a specialist in cognitive neuroscience. “We must learn to "consume technology" intelligently in the same way we learn to have a balanced diet."

Reference: Science and Avenir

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