The internet, social media and mobile devices have introduced new psychological issues. These include, for example: the phantom ringing syndrome, nomophobia, cybersickness, and internet addiction disorder.

In this section, we identify selected psychological issues which learners may choose to research further in the learning challenge for this pathway.


How online personas are redefining human connection

Consider the following questions:

  • How does digital technology change what we do?
  • How does digital technology change who we are?
  • Do adolescents need to develop face-to-face communication skills in a digital world?


Psychological disorders

Read the following article which summarises a number of disorders related to our use of digital technology:

Dashevsky, E. (2013, October 16). Eight new mental illnesses brought to you by the Internet. PCWorld. Retrieved July 8, 2017.

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