“They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”
Don’t get me wrong, I think a lot of technological advances are fantastic and can be used as powerful tools for information and communication. I am definitely not suggesting that we go back to a time when these wonderful tools did not exist. However, I do feel that the intention of using technology as TOOLS seems to be getting lost and being replaced by a less intentional habit and often used as a diversion from real life.
I am especially concerned about the effects of frequent and prolonged technology use on the social, emotional, cognitive and academic development of children and teens. Left unchecked in the current direction, I feel that we are at risk of raising a generation of individuals who will face unique and considerable challenges in their ability to develop meaningful relationships and to be able to think deeply and creatively.
For these reasons, it is an important goal for me to offer services to help children, teens and families develop a healthier balance and intentional use of technology.
Over the past few years, Dr. Kincade has become increasingly alarmed by the number of people that she sees in both professional and personal settings, whose lives are being negatively impacted by technology over-use. Technology related problems range from the over-use or addictive use of texting, social media, video gaming, internet surfing, and more. Common challenges experienced by individuals with maladaptive technology habits include: anxiety, low mood, insomnia, impaired social interaction skills, relationship problems, bullying, and a lack of productivity.
It seems quite likely that society has the potential to face an epidemic of psychological, social, behavioural, and emotional disorders as a direct consequence of technology over-use and addiction. Because of her tremendous concern for the avalanche of problems that may accompany this technology over-use epidemic, Dr. Kincade has chosen to make a major focus of her practice to work with people to find a better, healthier balance for the use of technology in their lives.