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Technology and relationships: How does it affect?

Technology and relationships: How does it affect?

advances and is increasingly being introduced in our daily lives. Internet, social networking, connectivity and mobile devices lead to an increasingly connected world, which has generated a significant change in the way we interact and communicate.

The use of and video games since childhood has made the new generations bringing more and better technology, they reach almost instinctively use and manage a broad technological knowledge at an early age. This phenomenon can be either positive or negative, positive in the sense that the technology has become an input in education, and negative for change generated in the form they have children and teens to build with their peers, as well the high risks involved in exposing as much information on the network.

To see the impact of technology on interpersonal relationships, talk to the child and adolescent psychologist Francisca Rodriguez, who believes that technology can have good and bad influences on children and young people in counseling. According to the professional, “is very positive that young people know how to use technology, internet and social networks, they are channels that serve to communicate, but parents have a responsibility to teach their children the proper use of technological tools, use them so they know you and not against it. “

According to the specialist, in some cases technology can very negatively affect children and young people, because it can lead to isolation from the real world, because they spend many hours surfing the internet, chatting or playing video games and lose some major time that could be used doing other activities with their peers. It also considers the high level of hazardous exposure to young people undergoing the internet.

“I’ve had patients come to the consultation due to concern their parents because they relate to other children and youth. These patients usually have only ‘virtual friends’, and can have more than 1,000 contacts in Facebook, but do not know any of them. “ For Rodriguez this problem generates that young people have different social behavior problems in the long term can lead to other personal problems such as isolation from the real world.

What happens when you fall in Internet addiction?

Another issue is the so-called “Internet addiction” problem that occurs when people become completely dependent on Internet connectivity and can even lead them to have symptoms of distress, anxiety and violence have no access to the network, as well to generate brain abnormalities similar to those generated by the alcohol and drug addiction . According to experts, this addiction can lead people to suffer from depression, nervousness, irritability, panic and little interest in living with others.

While in Latin America this is still not an extreme problem in countries like USA, China and England focuses a lot of cases of Internet addicts, which has even led to the opening of clinics specializing in the subject.

The first case of was recognized in 2008 in China, then in the U.S., where they opened the first clinic for this condition in 2009.

In China’s Treatment Center of Beijing in charge of treating the large number of Chinese who have this problem. It is estimated that the country has about 2.5 million Internet addicts, according to Dr. Tao Ran, founder of the medical center.

Most patients are aged between 18 and 36 years who are admitted by their parents to treat this disorder. So far the clinic has 1,500 patients and has a 70% success in their treatments, which consist of sessions of physical training and sport, as well as relaxation sessions are coordinated by psychologists and psychiatrists.

The British also are addressing the problem by setting up a clinic for children addicted to the Internet. This is an open clinic in Capio Nightingale private hospital located in central London. This clinic sees patients between 12 and 15 years, with personalized therapies for each patient.

The main objective of this treatment is to increase the confidence of adolescents in the actual encounters over virtual. In addition, it helps young people to manage the energy and excitement caused by long hours playing on the PC and consoles.

If there is something to remember is that the technology used properly, can have a lot of profits, both educational and communicative, and even closer to our friends and/or family members who are elsewhere. However, if the technology is properly used, can lead to isolation, lack of communication and other serious problems.

What do you think of this? What positive and negative aspects is the use of technology in our daily lives?

– Hard treatments for Internet addicts in China ( El Siglo de Torreon )
– Open clinic for Internet addicts children in London ( )

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