Men's health and the internet
Men's Health Week 2023 is 12-18 June.
The iPhone was born in 2007. Those born in the same year will turn 16 this year. They've grown up with a high-performance computer in their pocket. What are the implications for men's health?
The iphone is a dopamine-delivery device that is always to hand. Dopamine is one of the key chemical messenger in your brain. It creates feelings of pleasure and reward and plays a role in concentration, memory and what we find interesting.
Every single app you use on it knows this full well and is designed to keep you using it. The potential for addiction is obvious. Even an 'addiction' to a pretty benign app is going to cost us time and the attention we could have devoted to more meaningful things. But what about when it starts costing money, relationships, work… ?
For this year's Men's Health Week, we'll be developing new information resources on two internet-fulled addictions: gambling (Wanna Bet?) and pornography (Porn Free). See below for news on these and all the usual posters and social media shares.Two dates for your diary
- Men and online harms - the Forum's webinar with Dr Marcus Maloney from the University of Coventry. Marcus leads a discussion on 'Boys, men, and ‘toxic’ communities': Tuesday 13th June @ 2pm on Zoom. (Register via this link)
- Dr Hilary Jones - the Forum's website editor Jim Pollard interviews the GP in the Royal Voluntary Service's Virtual Village Hall: Thursday 15th June @ 11am on Zoom. (Register via this link - on Facebook)
There's more about the week on our main website
To enable people to run events that are right for the wide variety of men different organisations work with, we continue to make available all our downloads and materials from previous years covering topics from mental health, to smoking, to obesity and many more.
The most popular materials are accessible below, but if you are interested in looking at or using the specific materials for a given year, use the following links. Most of the resources are UNDATED so they can be used at any time.
- Men's Health Week 2022 - Time For Your Man MOT
- Men's Health Week 2021 - Mental Health in a Covid World
- Men's Health Week 2020 - Covid-19
- Men's Health Week 2019 - by numbers
- Men's Health Week 2018 - #TalkAboutDiabetes
- Men's Health Week 2017 - Hazardous Waist
- Men's Health Week 2016 - How do you beat stress?
- Men's Health Week 2015 - Don't be the one in five
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