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225: Anxiety and Digital Wellness: Balancing Technology’s Benefits and Detriments

Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.
The Center • A Place of HOPE
547 Dayton St.
Edmonds, WA 98020

Over the past few decades, technology has come to dominate the lives of Americans—for better and worse. Digital devices, such as smartphones, computers, and tablets, allow us to access information instantly and stay connected with friends around the world. However, amid the benefits come severe detriments as well. A growing body of scientific research has demonstrated a strong link between technology use and mental health problems. Specifically, consistent use of electronic devices has significantly contributed to the soaring rates of anxiety in recent years. Clinicians should view this as a red flag since current statistics show that 88.5% of the U.S. population use the Internet, and 95% of Americans own cellphones/smartphones. This presentation will equip participants to assist clients struggling with anxiety compounded by technology use by highlighting the most up-to-date scientific research, dangers of digital misuse, and healthy practices to promote wellness.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
• Discover the most current scientific research related to technology’s effects on anxiety
• Identify the detrimental consequences of technology misuse and abuse
• Apply practical strategies for psychologists and licensed mental health professionals to help safeguard mental health in our digital age

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