Challenge 7. Look, feel and live your environment

It is known that technologies offer us advantages over our daily lives. With a single click we can have thousands of products at our disposal without leaving the site, and we can also be in frequent contact with friends and / or relatives who are far from us. But nevertheless, the problem lies both in time and in use we can make our phones and computers, for example, throughout a day. But where is the limit? At what point do we establish the use liable to abuse? Perhaps it would be advisable to start considering addiction screens as a mental disorder and set diagnostic criteria for detection and subsequent rehabilitation.

However, where we took a smaller pace of life in the house at an early age they learn to manage these devices, and where the limits of their use are fuzzy. The evolutionary development of children is already affected the brain needs to constantly interact with their environment. Deprivation of sensory stimuli can cause deficits socially, emotional and especially delay in acquiring more complex skills like language can be.

On the other hand, and making a leap into adolescence, non limiting the use of mobile It has consequences at the level of self-care (comer, sleep, etc), level of social relations, and psychological level, as is the ability of frustration. Teenagers learn to live in a world where they can make what they want and if they do not like, You can delete and start again (like a game). But real life does not work under these guidelines and we meet people who can not manage the emotions they feel when something does not go as they want.

The consequences of abuse technologies have reached such a level that in the United States opened in 2009 the first rehab, which they offer help to people who want to learn to manage the use of phones and computers. We live in a world where you can get things done very quickly and with little effort thanks, partly, technologies. But this in turn raises a question: How real is this world we have created?

Mª Pilar Cáceres Pachón
Psychologist / Technical director
Center for Rehabilitation and Work Placement
Mental Health FEAFES-Cáceres