Webinar: Problem technology use in adults

Presented by Gambling, Gaming & Technology Use (GGTU). Find more GGTU training webinars.

This webinar will discuss research on problem technology use in adults, focusing on a recent study of problem electronic device use among Ontario adults. This representative telephone survey study found moderate to severe problem technology use in 7.9% of the adult population. Problems with technology use were associated with suicidal ideation, serious psychological distress, problem alcohol use, and treatment for anxiety.

These findings are timely as there is increasing evidence of correlations between the amount of time spent using electronic devices and negative health outcomes.

The audience will be asked to reflect on this research in relation to their own work with adults who may be experiencing problems with technology use. Q&A discussion will give the audience an opportunity to learn more about the potential implications and applications of this new research.

Date: Thursday June 17, 2021

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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Learning objectives

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Understand the complexities of measuring or estimating problem electronic device use in the adult population.
  2. Describe negative health outcomes associated with problem technology use in adults.  


Mark van der Maas, PhD (mark [dot] vandermaas [at] rutgers [dot] edu) -- Dr. van der Maas is a core faculty member of the Center for Gambling Studies at Rutgers University. His current research explores the impacts of gambling market liberalization on public health. His interests also include gambling in older adulthood, identifying subpopulations vulnerable to Gambling Disorder, and behavioural addiction in emerging technologies.

This webinar is accredited by the Canadian Problem Gambling Certification Board and the Canadian Addiction Counsellors Certification Federation for 1.0 Continuing Education Unit(s)/credit(s)/hour(s).


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