Why We Should Have a Mental Health and Technology Conference

Why We Should Have a Mental Health and Technology Conference

The ubiquity and rapid growth of technology have enabled us to advance as a society and has impacted the way we live, our wellbeing and the way we interact with each other but this advancement has not come without costs. It is crucial for people to know the advantages and disadvantages associated with technology, as new ideas and products are introduced to the consumer market. We really don't know the degree of how successful or unsafe it is and we are compelled to ask ourselves: Is this aiding or harming our wellbeing? We present to you several reasons as to why we should have a mental health and technology conference.

Emerging Technology
It is significant that we have a conference about the quick development of technology and the different ways it affects our lifestyle, overall. Throughout the years, artificial intelligence, big data, and virtual reality have become very prominent and recognized as innovations that have impacted the world of tech and how we live, and mental health has also turned into a massive issue across the globe. According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately more than 450 million individuals experiencing psychological instability issues.

As mental health researchers continue to explore the effect of technology on the human mind, questions such as, “how do we help human development and therapeutic relationship with artificial intelligence?” are going to require answers. By having such a conference, we can help individuals by utilizing emerging technology to help people battle mental illness and recognize the connection between mental well-being and emerging technologies.

Social Media
As online networking develops, we understand how social networking has changed the manner in which we live and our wellbeing. Although social media has its social benefits, it can likewise detrimentally affect our emotional well-being. Research shows that out of the 1000 individuals more they overviewed, more than a third of Generation Z stated they were quitting social media for good as 41 percent expressed that internet-based life stages put them on edge, makes them feel miserable or discouraged.

Social media has made it difficult for us to communicate in real life and has negatively impacted our wellbeing as we're glued to our devices. The research found in the American Journal of Epidemiology states that assessed 5208 subjects found that overall regular use of Facebook has a negative impact on an individual's wellbeing. Stina Sanders, a former model on Instagram, stated that social media sometimes makes her feel left out.“I know from my experience I can get FOMO when I see my friend’s photos of a party I didn’t go to, and this, in turn, can make me feel quite lonely and anxious,” she told The Independent.

Comparing our period of time to 20 years ago, there are more relationships built digitally rather than in real life. A study conducted by the DigitalAge states that “Social media is creating a generation that lives in a “perfectionist culture” where people’s identities are defined by digitally ”retouched” perfect images and beautifully-crafted posts – at the expense of authentic emotions and conversations that provide a genuine experience of human relationships.” As social media continues to grow, individuals tend to focus on the number likes,views and what people are saying. It has become easier for people to state their opinions openly, which leads to an increase or decrease of our self-esteem. By having a mental health and technology conference, we can find strategies to help cope with social media stress and how we can make better use of social media.

Lifestyle
We are living in a period where innovation has changed the way we interact, communicate, shop, learn, eat, and sleep. In the past couple of decades, innovation has a key factor in the making of valuable assets to make everyday tasks, easier. We are surrounded by technology and interact with it on a daily basis. From devices such as computers, smartphones, and smart home technology, to smart cars; Technology empowers us to deliver improved communication, accessibility, and accommodation, improved productivity and improved business models.

However, innovation has likewise influenced our lives contrarily; there are both pros and cons of innovation and with advanced technology. The utilization of such advanced can cause medical problems like sleep deprivation, impact on memory, sadness, and Cubital Tunnel disorder. Researchers found that on days when adolescents use devices more, they are more likely to conduct behavioral problems, additionally exhibit attention deficit hyperactivity disorder problems. By holding this conference, we can additionally create and recognize routes on how we can make a change in our digital lifestyle.

We are delighted to invite you to the Technology Effect: Taking control of your digital life event, held at Hotel X Toronto on March 1st and 2nd, 2019. Please join us for this spectacular event hosted by Connect I.T. We are bringing speakers from different industries to discuss mental health and technology. We will focus on the application and impact of technology on our mental health in the digital age and how mental health and technology cross pathways.

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