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Digital Addiction: The Greatest Mental Health Crisis of the Next Decade?

A statistical and theological exploration of digital addiction. This is a presentation by James Kelly, Founder and Director of FaithTech.ca presented in April 2017. For more background and questions, contact James Kelly at www.faithtech.ca

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Digital Addiction: The Greatest Mental Health Crisis of the Next Decade?

  1. 1. DIGITAL ADDICTION THE GREATEST MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS OF THE NEXT DECADE? By James Kelly, May 2017
 www.faithtech.ca
  2. 2. WHAT IS DIGITAL ADDICTION? ▸ Addictus - slave to creditor ▸ “any repeated behaviour which a person feels compelled to persist in regardless of negative impact” ▸ Compulsive, impaired control, persistence, craving when absent ▸ Porn, gaming, gambling, shopping, social media, texting, emails, entertainment, work, news
  3. 3. CELL PHONES ▸ 6+ of 7 Billion Worldview ▸ 3 to 4.7 Hours a day ▸ 93% of 18-29 use for boredom ▸ Phantom Vibration Syndrome ▸ 61% Check in 5min, 74% Check before going to sleep ▸ 89% use in social activity ▸ Always with Us
  4. 4. ENTERTAINMENT ▸ Netflix ▸ 200+M, 10B Hours a month ▸ 61% Binge Watch Regularly ▸ Video Games ▸ 97% Play 2-17yr, 5% Addicted ▸ Grand Theft Auto $1B in 3 Days ▸ Designed to be addictive ▸ Escape and Meaning
  5. 5. SOCIAL MEDIA ▸ Sites and Apps enabling creation and sharing of content to socialize ▸ Over 6 Hours a week, 36% Rise ▸ 73% Use Social Media on Cell ▸ Facebook 1.23 Billion daily users ▸ Media is Bottomless ▸ Replaces bored, lonely, uncertainty
  6. 6. IMPACT ON FAITH & THEOLOGY ▸ Is Digital Making us Better People? ▸ What does it say about our wants? ▸ Love ▸ Idols ▸ Habits ▸ What does our use say about how we view God?
  7. 7. PRACTICAL RECOMMENDATIONS ▸ RESTRICT USE ▸ Digital Sabbath - one day a week with no technology ▸ No Cell Phone in your bedroom, at the dinner table or when out for coffee/meal with someone ▸ Time Limits (last hour of day no tech - rest/read/talk/pray) ▸ P.L.A.Y - Parental Advice ▸ Prevention, Listen, Alternative, Yourself
  8. 8. DIGITAL ADDICTION THE GREATEST MENTAL HEALTH CRISIS OF THE NEXT DECADE? By James Kelly, May 2017
 www.faithtech.ca

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