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Technology: Tetris Improves Flow lowers Stress; Social Media Increases Depression & Loneliness - Frankly Speaking EP 102Guest: Alan Ehrlich MD
Music Credit: Richard Onorato

This podcast will explore the results of 3 recent studies that evaluate how the “state of flow” or mental absorption (also called being “in the zone”) alters a person’s ability to handle stress and how intentional use of distractions affect emotions. Discussion will include how the use of technology, including video games and social media websites like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, can affect emotional states and whether these types of distractions are beneficial or counterproductive during stressful times.   

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Release Date: 4/10/2019

Expiration Date: 4/10/2021

Learning Objectives

  • Learn how research on distractions from some forms of technology may induce the state of flow and improve your mood and those that do not induce flow may hurt it
  • Appreciate how engaging with technology can require self-regulation to provide a benefit
  • Gain insight into the detrimental aspects of social media. 

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Frank J. Domino, MD

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Alan M. Ehrlich, MD, FAAFP

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Technology: Tetris Improves Flow lowers Stress; Social Media Increases Depression & Loneliness - Frankly Speaking EP 102

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