4th International Congress of Technology Addiction
Addictions are considered one of the the leading public health problems in our century. The addiction problem has been evaluated in the context of several chemical addictions such as nicotine, alcohol and drugs until near future. However, today, new types of addictions known as “behavioural addictions” have become the leading subjects of public health with new trends and transformations in life standarts. It is observed that behavioural addictions in gambling, shopping and eating shows an increasing trend among young population.
It is obvious that rapidly expanding new generation devices bring unexpected repercussions. Particularly, studies conducted in developed countries prove that technology addiction rate is threatening young generation and public health and therefore resulting in serious social and individual problems. It is observed that there is a lack of awareness in conscious use of technology despite rapid development of technology and communication devices.
Previous Technology Congresses organized in 2012 and 2013 in Turkey has greatly contributed to raising awareness in this field at both local and international levels. 3rd International Congress of Technology Addiction was hosted by the Turkish Green Crescent Society on 3-4 May 2016 in Istanbul to examine latest studies on technology addiction and create awareness throughout society.
4th International Congress of Technology Addiction will be held on 27-28 November 2017 in Istanbul with the aim of offering an opportunity mainly for local and international organization and institutions for developing new strategies and alternative approaches in the field of technology addiction.The Congress that will be held under the leadership of Turkish Green Crescent Society in collaboration with Culture Society and Family Association (KULT) is expected to contribute to raising of new generations aware of conscious use of technology.
The congress will provide a unique opportunity to discuss latest findings, clinical practices and scientific-based prevention works and policies in the fields of technology addiction, mobile phone addiction, online gaming, public health, and internet and social media addictions. The two-day Congress including conferences and panels is expected to be attended by over 2,000 participants including scientists, policymakers, counsellers, psychologists, social workers and families.