A study conducted by US researchers has shown that being addicted to your smartphone can promote the appearance of symptoms similar to that of drug addiction.
A study conducted by American scientists Erik Peper and Richard Harvey suggests that mobile phones may be significantly dangerous for your health. Published in the scientific journal NeuroRegulation, this study concluded that these electronic devices isolate us from the rest of the world and play a significant role in bringing about mental health issues such as stress, anxiety and depression.
Addiction to mobile phones is known as Nomophobia and more concretely, this can be defined as the fear of being separated from your mobile phone.
Erik Peper took an interest in the subject after being severely affected one day, after accidentally leaving his mobile phone at home. Researchers then organised a survey which involved 135 students at the University of San Francisco and the results showed that the most anxious students were also the ones who were most addicted to their phones. Having an addiction to your mobile phone also forms neuronal connections, similar to those caused by opioid addiction, according to the two Americans.
So, the conclusions. The pair of scientists concluded that doing several things at once with your smartphone limits your abilities of being productive on any given day. It also stops the body from naturally recuperating. They recommend turning off the less important push notifications and giving yourself allocated times to be on social media.
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