The perception of digital objects and their impact on development

Graham, Richard (2013) The perception of digital objects and their impact on development. Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, 27 (4). pp. 269-279. ISSN 0266-8734

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Clinical work with adolescents and young people over the last decade has indicated that an intense relationship to digital objects was a major aspect of their mental lives. Digital objects have become embedded, inextricably, within our psychology, emphasising the earliest drives and phantasies at some moments, yet giving rise to less familiar phenomena at other times. The aim of this paper is to consider how the rise in digital media and social networking is impacting upon the lives of young people and influencing the course of their development, with particular reference to the impact of visual media within social networks and how this has a distinct influence on mental functioning. In attempting to describe these processes, it is hoped that we can become more able to accompany younger or older people in their exploration of the digital world, which will be as important to them in their future adult lives as their mastery of the physical, external world was in early childhood. The need is pressing, since access to the digital world has significantly increased through the use of mobile, connected devices, and the further evolution of new technologies, such as ‘the internet of everything’ and ‘wearable tech’, are almost upon us.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online: 16 Dec 2013
Uncontrolled Keywords: Internet, Mobile, Media, Suicide
Subjects: Children, Young People and Developmental Pyschology > Child Development
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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