012. Problematic Internet Use and its Impact on Anxiety, Depression, and Addictions

Afternoon Workshops (1:30 – 4:45 PM)


Gregory L. Jantz, Ph.D.

CE Credits


Professional CE Credit

Psychologists, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Chemical Dependency Counselors,

IBCC Credit

Pastoral Counselors, Pastors, Teachers, Coaches,

CME/CEU Credit

Medical Doctors, Osteopathic Physicians, Physicians Assistants, Nurse Practitioners,



Youth today are tethered to their devices. A 2022 Pew Research Center study found that 95% of teens have access to a smartphone, and 90% have desktop or laptop computer access. In 2014, 92% of teens were daily Internet users, with an uptick to 97% in 2022. Nearly half of U.S. teenagers ages 13-17 reported being online “almost constantly.” In this workshop, psychologists, licensed mental health professionals, medical professionals, and ministry leaders will be able to understand the difference between Internet Addiction and Problematic Internet Use (PIU). Participants will be able to evaluate Internet use based on gender and age and how this affects emotion dysregulation. As this technical connectiveness grows to nearly 100%, so do digital implications for emotional dysregulation, mood disorders, and comorbid addictive behaviors. Therapeutic understanding and implementation of effective interventions are necessary for youth to experience PIU, anxiety, depression, and other addictive behaviors based on their unregulated Internet usage.

Learning Objectives
Participants will:
1. Differentiate between symptoms and characteristics of Internet Addiction and Problematic Internet Use (PIU).
2. Identify potential youth gender-based and age-based differences in Problematic Internet Use (PIU) and types of emotional dysregulation.
3. Create treatment plan options for youth experiencing Problematic Internet Use (PIU) with comorbid symptoms of anxiety, depression, or addictive behaviors.