Smartphone Addiction Is Getting Ugly
Young, smartphone-obsessed people becoming depressed, anxious and impulsive insomniacs, suffering panic attacks when access to their smartphone is limited, taking it to the shower or onto the toilet, unable to stop waking in the night to check a newsfeed.
Though this may seem like some dystopian skewed world, it is reality for some, as found by a new study from Seoul’s Korea University.
Previewed at the annual meeting of theRadiological Society of North America(RSNA), the study group was half comprised of people who identified themselves as having a smartphone or internet addiction, and half of people who did not.
(Related: Am I addicted to my phone?)
Subjects regularly failed to resist the impulse to use a smartphone, became irritable with limited access as well as excessive usage times.
Addiction was so extreme, participants found it (addiction) had a negative effect on work, friendships and health – regular use also resulted in a spike in the stress hormone cortisol.
Worryingly, subjects with ‘higher’ addiction scores were significantly more likely to be depressed, anxious, impulsive and have trouble sleeping. Many with the most severe addiction were given up to nine weeks of cognitive behavioural therapy as a remedy... with varying degrees of success.
Video: Could you live without a smartphone? | Anastasia Dedyukhina | TEDxWandsworth
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