World first interactive documentary Are You Addicted to Technology? from WA production company Joined Up and SA’s Closer Productions, will be broadcast exclusively on SBS On Demand from April 21.
Face it, you’re a slave to tech. Glued to your screen from the moment you wake up to the moment you go to bed, you’ve slipped into the grip of the Big Tech companies who have no intention of letting up your profitable screen time and endless scrolling.
World first interactive documentary Are You Addicted to Technology? invites audiences to go on a journey of enlightenment to discover how concerned we should be about our relationship with technology by offering a personalised investigation into the user’s own dependency with technology through an interactive survey built into the documentary.
Hosted by child psychiatrist Dr. Kim Le, who has himself experienced gaming addiction, this first of its kind experiment will guide users through the matrix of technology addiction, revealing the tricks used by Big Tech to draw us to their products to help us understand how we got here, and what we should do next.
Dr. Kim Le, child psychiatrist and Are You Addicted to Technology? host said, “As a psychiatrist working on the front line, I see the psychological effects of technology addiction on the brain every day. As someone who has experienced gaming addiction, I am fascinated by the Internet gaming world. It was a privilege to be part of this project because my aim is to help others enjoy gaming and technology in a healthy way.”
Cutting edge technology will prompt the audience to answer Dr. Kim Le’s interactive questions, providing tailored results for each individual user about how their technology dependency weighs up in comparison to the nation’s. The results will be a wake-up call for those who have become victims of the extremely lucrative attention economy.
Kylie Bolton, SBS Commissioning Editor said, “Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives and most people would say they have a handle on their relationship with their smartphone – but do they really? We’ve commissioned the biggest national survey of its kind to find out just how bad Australia’s tech addiction is, and the negative impacts this is having on our kids and adolescents. The results are alarming. This is a must-watch for anyone with a smartphone, and the parents of children who own them.”
Willie Rowe, CEO of Screenwest explained, “Screenwest was pleased to support the production of this project with its new interactive documentary format with assistance from Lotterywest. It demonstrates the passion and innovation Western Australian documentary filmmakers bring to their projects, in addition to their ability to collaborate with other companies to position Western Australia as a leader in the global documentary sector.”
Are You Addicted to Technology? is a Closer Productions and Joined Up Films production for SBS. Principal production investment from Screen Australia in association with SBS. Financed with support from Screenwest and Lotterywest, and the South Australian Film Corporation.
Commissioned by SBS and instigated by Joined Up and Closer Productions, the largest national survey of its kind was carried out by Dr. Sharon Horwood, Senior Lecturer at Deakin University’s School of Psychology, to capture the extent of technology addiction in 2021.