Impact of the internet on the couple and the individual: social media, online gaming and pornography
This full-day workshop will consider the ways in which intimate couple and family relationships can be affected by changes in behaviour linked with contemporary use of the internet.
There can be a tendency especially for younger generations to rely on attachments made online, through social media, online gaming and chat rooms, rather than relationships that exist in the real world, and this can have a profound impact on the individual’s capacity to develop an authentic connection with another.
Consideration will be given to the latest technological developments including multiplayer role-play and virtual reality, and the potential impact on psychological functioning, as well as specific issues around exposure to online gambling and internet pornography.
Thought will be given to the way in which these issues present in the consulting room, and can affect couple functioning, including sexual dysfunction. Attendees are encouraged to bring clinical material for discussion.
This workshop is suitable for psychotherapists working with individual clients and couples as well as for trainees.
About Tavistock Relationships
Tavistock Relationships is an internationally-renowned charity for advanced practice, training and research to support couples, individuals and families.