Maltese Psychotherapist Explores Mental Health In The Cryptoverse & Metaverse

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Mental health and the associated stigma is something that’s being talked about a lot more often. Whether tech actually helps or not is still up for debate and remains a vastly grey area; there are apps that provide support, but social media has been found to lack the tools to aid those in need. However, these are problems of today; what about the problems of tomorrow and the tech being developed?

Having recently graduated in psychotherapy and carrying an interest in the cryptoverse, Jordan Bonnici is using his blog to explore the theme of mental health in this growing universe and how Web 3.0 can have a positive effect on our mental health going forward.

Awareness key to breaking the stigma

Evidence to how broad a topic this is, Bonnici immediately states “There are many themes that are yet to be explored when it comes to mental health and cryptocurrency, let alone when talking about the metaverse“. The first thing that comes to mind, however, is a very common issue. “We can talk about addiction, for example. Due to its infancy, Cryptocurrency Trading is highly volatile. Margin and Leverage trading are extremely risky and can trigger addictive behaviours similar to the ones experienced in gambling”.

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However, as the metaverse and Web 3.0 beckon, we need to be wary of the early tech adopters, most likely to be our children as well as a number of other adults. “Shifting our attention to the metaverse”, Bonnici continues, “we’re already aware of the consequences attributed to gaming and social media, particularly on youngsters. The metaverse will be a combination of those worlds and certainly lock their attention in. We need to emphasize and prioritize child and youth safety in the development of Web 3.0 and the metaverse”.

One of the keywords there is “attention”, in the sense that the amount of social media we consume nowadays takes up a major part of our day. Bonnici believes that this time and space can be used for us to voice our concerns and struggles that we may actually tackle them.

“To challenge a stigma, you need people’s attention. I think it’s fair to say that a big portion of our attention is spent on social media nowadays. It plays a role in people being given space & a voice to open up. I believe that social media moves in the same direction as our attention & we can keep on fighting the stigma against mental health as long as we keep talking about it. Awareness is key to breaking the stigma.”

The opportunity for inclusivity

The early signs are that the metaverse will be the most inclusive social media sphere to date. How important will that be, we ask Bonnici? “The metaverse could potentially enable new levels of inclusivity, but it’s still too early to know for sure,” he says. “It’s more than just about correct representation; accessibility also plays a part in terms of people who can’t afford to travel for example. The metaverse will give them the opportunity to experience a museum or city in a virtual space that’s as true as can be to the original”.

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Even for education, he says, the applications are endless. “We can use this technology to give our children a richer, visual and experiential education which can be more inclusive of students who struggle with learning disabilities”. This applies to the wider cryptoverse and metaverse. In his blog, Bonnici explained how “the decentralized web seeks to be the internet that we deserve” and could be “a new era of communication, technology, and information free from censorship and centralization…where you can speak freely without the fear of being censored or scrutinized…where you can find community-built projects which can evolve into a real company with real value and massive impact”.

He did, however, end with a note of caution; “Though there may be endless applications, we’ve got to keep in mind that there are risks and dangers, some of which we won’t know until we know more about an already-in-use and existing metaverse”.

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