Smartphone addiction may trigger risk of depression and anxiety, suggests a new study. The smartphone is an integral part of current generation’s lives. Many people are addicted to the continual pings, vibrations, chimes, and other alerts from their phones.
Excessive use of a smartphone is not much different from that of substance abuse, claims a new study by San Francisco State University Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey. The new study was published in the NeuroRegulation.
For the study, the researcher’s team analyzed San Francisco State students and they discovered that students who overused used their phones found to be highly isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious.
Researchers also found that these students spent a huge amount of time on social media and after that they also multitasked. They watched other media, studied, attended classes, and ate. This continuous activity allowed little time for the brain and body to relax and recuperate.
Vibrations, pings, and other alerts force us to look at them by triggering the neural pathways in our brains.
“Now we are hijacked by those same mechanisms that once protected us and allowed us to survive — for the most trivial pieces of information,” Peper said.
“We have to become creative and approach technology in a different way that still incorporates the skills we need but doesn’t take away from real-life experience,” said Hinkle.
Researchers suggest that turning off push notifications, organizing periods to perform important tasks, only responding to email and social media at specific times will be beneficial for you and will reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.