Internet and social media use has proliferated, and researchers have acknowledged the potential for such use to be a source of problematic behaviors. Dispositional mindfulness and mindfulness meditation may serve as a means by which individuals can mitigate the negative effects of compulsive internet and social media use. The session will include a description of the key concepts and literature, and a discussion of various clinical interventions that can help support clients’ more functional internet use.
Participants will understand the mechanism of mindfulness, the construct of dispositional mindfulness, and the manner in which mindfulness meditation practice can positively impact a range of mental health capacities, including perceived stress, subjective wellbeing, and a range of compulsive behaviors
Participants will identify the etiology and symptomology of compulsive behaviors generally, and social media and smart phone internet use more specifically, as well as the negative effects that such behavior has on a range of outcomes, including relational, academic, occupational, etc.
Participants will consider various clinical interventions that involve mindfulness practice or supporting dispositional mindfulness that can help decrease the negative use of phone- and internet-use, as well as those that can mitigate the negative effects of compulsive smart phone and social media use