What is technology addiction?
Technology addiction occurs when an individual experiences frequent and obsessive interaction with technology. In today’s fast-paced world of modern technology, it can be difficult to distinguish between normal technology use and dependent use. An individual who suffers from technology addiction may experience severe consequences as a result of their habits. For example, personal relationships, work-life, and more may be pushed aside in favor of technology.
Is technology addiction a real addiction?
Technically, there is no designation of technology addiction in the DSM-5, the manual of mental disorders referenced by medical professionals. There is a great deal of debate surrounding whether or not an internet addiction disorder should be treated the same way other addictions are treated. With how intricately technology is woven into our lives, studies indicate the average American spends 11 hours a day in front of a screen. This amount of time would surely amount to addiction in any other context but is difficult to define as such when it comes to technology. Furthermore, the line between habit and addiction can be blurry, making it difficult to distinguish between habitual and dependent usage patterns.