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What is The Dip?
The Dip is the change in dopamine levels shown in the video. It is the downside that follows disappointment; we've looked to our device for a 'hit' and it hasn't been fulfilled. We then crave another pick me up and start searching on our phone for any source that might provide it. We get trapped in a vicious cycle of seeking the next small high from our device.
The Dip creates an unstoppable urge to check our phone.
Watch this video to understand the chemistry behind why behaviour is changing.
Ensure device use supports and connects rather than undermines the fabric of your family.
Devices are changing our lives and the way our families interact.
So many of us are addicted. The impact is altering society.
When we ignore the issue, our children lose their tempers, our partners are distant and none of us can control the unstoppable urge to check our phones.
The Dip explains what is happening and how to regain control.
About Dr Danielle Einstein
Danielle is a leading expert in understanding the impact of devices on mental health in teenagers. For 20 years she has developed and researched programs that prevent and treat anxiety, depression and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Danielle is an advocate of changes that families and schools need to adopt to ensure healthy use of technology. She is frequently called on by the mainstream media to provide expert opinion. She is passionate about using Clinical Psychology to change our community.
I strive to balance the privacy of my children, friends and work contacts. I think that as parents tackle these situations it is useful to describe specific examples. When I refer to these examples (either in my blog or on The Dip Community Facebook page), they may be situations that I have experienced or those that I have been told through various sources. I will always write as a mum with a Clinical Psychologist expertise. I may describe my daughter or son, in which case, please be aware that I may not actually be referring to my own children.