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Technology addiction

As a detox center with over thirty years of experience, In CITA we have seen how addictions have evolved. Today, the problem of addiction to new technology is emerging and becoming increasingly disturbing. The treatment of the problems caused by addiction to new technologies start with the recognition of the problem. Because of the novelty of the problem the identification of these pathologies often becomes complex. Both the addict and those in their environment

are reluctant to acknowledge the development of one addiction, even when the person displays clear signs of anxiety if the device or activity is withdrawn. It is necessary specify the nature of the problem as well as the other associated difficulties. The addiction to new technologies, although recent, is a complex problem which is gaining momentum.

Profile of the addict and risk factors

The new technologies addiction usually begins in early adolescence. Some studies suggest that certain personality characteristics and emotional states increase the psychological vulnerability of addictions and identifies some risk factors, especially in adolescents. These include:

  • Low self-esteem
  • Poor impulse control
  • Lack of social skills (Introversion, extroversion or shyness)
  • Impulsivity
  • Age (Young, adolescents)
  • Dissatisfaction with similar recurring experiences
  • Lack of affection
  • Depressive and anxious states
  • Low tolerance to frustration

Symptoms of addiction

Some behaviours, especially in teenagers, can warn us of a possible dependence on technological devices that may become an addiction. Among the behaviours that warn us of a possible addiction are:

  • Being on the computer more than four hours a day.
  • Preferring to be connected to the Internet rather than doing other activities.
  • When meetings with friends becomes less frequent and the person may even leave their friends to spend more time on the computer.
  • Feeling the need to be constantly connected to social networks or email.
  • Neglecting their duties, therefore affecting their academic or job performance.
  • Not being unable to go without your mobile phone, having sudden mood swings and being isolated.
  • Reacting with irritation if they are interrupted or they have time restrictions imposed on the use of their computer.
  • Excessive money spent, much higher than initially expected.

Information

Not only drugs lead to dependence. In the last five years according to research, an increased addiction to the Internet, video games and mobile phones has been noted.

  • 8% of the Spanish youth are at high risk of addiction to new technologies
  • 17.3% of adults in Spain acknowledge having been booked for excessive use of new technologies
  • 8% of the Spanish population, between 18 and 34 years are at high risk of developing an addiction to the latest technological products
  • One in every six Spaniards has noted a tendency to isolate and acknowledges not being aware of the passing of time when being entertained by products of this sort
  • 33% of the Spanish population play video games regularly

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