Technology addiction: what it is and how you can overcome it
New technologies have changed our lives. Now everything is faster and things seem easier. But progress also has a dark side. It is increasingly common to develop technology addiction, a worrying disease that requires a
New technologies have changed our lives. Now everything is faster and things seem easier. But progress also has a dark side. It is increasingly common to develop technology addiction, a worrying disease that requires a comprehensive method to overcome it, such as the one offered at Triora clinics. If you think you may suffer from technology addiction, keep reading.
Concern over the excessive use of new technologies has increased in recent months. The abuse of mobile phones, tablets, computers, video games and social networks is leading to alarming illnesses with a direct impact on the behaviour and the functioning of the brain of the people who suffer from them, so their limbic system that controls emotions and primary impulses is compromised.
The technology addiction has a special effect on minors. According to the latest report on the use of drugs in secondary school in Spain (ESTUDES 2016-2017), published by the Ministry of Health, Consumption Affairs and Social Welfare, about 20% of students between 14 and 18 years old already suffer from compulsive use of Internet and almost 7% make bets and consume online gambling. The massive advertising bombardment of these businesses does not contribute at all to improving these figures. According to Joaquín Descals, Medical Director of Triora Alicante, “we are seeing how this type of addictive behaviour develops in a similar way to the intake of toxic substances, because the excessive use of video games or electronic devices causes an over-stimulation of the segregation of dopamine, either by visual stimulation or by gratification obtained, for example, with the likes in social networks, which means that the circuit of immediate cerebral reward is activated”.
How new technologies affect our brain
We can define an addiction as the constant pursuit of pleasure. As a consequence, the additions interfere with the natural brain process by altering our reward and punishment system. When the reward centre is stimulated, the brain releases more dopamine and other hormones that produce a sense of well-being. On the contrary, the lack of this stimulus causes discomfort, which results in the need to repeat the consumption or addictive conduct.
Joaquín Descals explains that addictive behaviours on technology produce intense euphoria and greater release of reward hormones, causing a reaction similar to that created by drugs. “This causes the brain to generate a pleasant sensation and to want to repeat those sensations. That’s when the mechanism of addiction begins”, says the expert.
Addictions change the behaviour of the patient and alter the normal functioning of the central nervous system, distorting their perception, their abilities and even their way of thinking, perceiving the world, functioning, relating to others and of facing situations of reality. “In this sense, the system or reward centre that is activated and generates pleasure with daily activities such as eating, drinking or even having sex, is usurped by drugs, alcohol or addictive conduct, which have a direct effect on the systems that regulate us (homeostatic) and give us pleasure (hedonic). These systems change their function and reduce their stimulation capacity. For that reason, the addicted person tends to increase the dose to obtain the same effects”, says Joaquín Descals. Furthermore, we must add the anxiety caused by the over-excitation of the hedonic system, which is generated by an increase in the activity of the amygdala. That is, the addict needs to consume for pleasure, but also to stop the anxiety.
How to prevent an addiction
Establishing an open family communication channel is fundamental to prevent addictions, to be able to talk freely about them and their consequences. Descals indicates that it is essential to promote individual self-control and resistance to consumption. In addition, he recommends a series of preventive measures that are carried out from three basic pillars: family, school and community environment. For this reason, Triora experts visit schools frequently, where they organise talks focused on the effects of addictions and how to avoid them.
Triora helps you overcome your technology addiction
The first symptoms of alterations or disorders produced by the excessive use of technological devices translates into changes in behaviour or loss of interest in daily activities. If you think that you or someone in your inner circle could suffer an addiction it is essential to look for professional help. The experts of Triora put at your disposal a comprehensive method to overcome your addiction. Contact their team of professionals as soon as possible, the first consultation is free. If you would like to know more about this or other treatments, please call the phone number of your nearest Triora clinic. Also, if you want to call from abroad, the direct telephone number for international patients is +44 (0) 8000 88 50 19. For more information, please visit their website and social networks.
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