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The Official College of Psychologists of Madrid warns against the dangers of misuse of technology.

People's penchant for social networks, emails and text messages has created a new category of technology users: the "constant checkers", who incessantly scan their smartphones, computers and tablets in search of the next wave of messages. And this is fueling some people's anxiety.

Increased stress is just one of the negative side effects that excessive use of technology can have. Problematic smartphone use: addiction-like behavior in which excessive smartphone use causes negative outcomes in daily life. And while problematic device use in general does not yet qualify as an addiction, there is enough evidence about Internet gaming in particular that the World Health Organization (WHO) added gaming disorder to the latest update of its International Classification of Diseases