Digital Media Overuse (DMO) is an umbrella term to encapsulate compulsive behaviors associated with digital media platforms and devices.  Video games, social networking, TV/Netflix "binge watching", and internet research all have the potential to become compulsive and addictive due to the release of dopamine and a phenomenon called "flow".  

 

Dopamine is the same neurotransmitter involved in other addictive activities, such as alcohol or drug abuse and  “flow” is a process of becoming completely immersed in an activity impacting one’s awareness of the passage of time and overwhelm one’s sense of self-control.  As with all compulsive behaviors, when it adversely impacts interpersonal, academic, or occupational demands, behavioral therapy, abstinence or harm reduction, and support groups are reasonable and effective treatment options.

 

 

Brett P. Kennedy, Psy.D., CSAT

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

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