More and more people feel addicted to their smartphones and spend more than 8 hours each day with their gadgets. If the amount of time they spend staring at mobile devices isn’t disturbing enough, there are also evidences that smartphones could cause some hidden undesirable effects. Here are some of the most common smartphone addiction symptoms:
Most Common Smartphone Addiction Effects
We feel more anxious
People could feel more attached to their smartphones and they could experience panic when they leave home without their gadgets. The habitual use and growing dependency have contributed to the overall stress levels among modern people. It has been shown that digital social exchanges could cause heightened levels of anxiety and stress. Teens who rely heavily on their smartphones for communication may show elevated levels of depression, aggression and stress. They are also unable to concentrate at schools. The compulsive need to respond to email, text messages and social media updates could also increase our overall stress levels.
We can’t be better parents
Any parent wants to do the right thing for their family. However, smartphones could actually separate them from the rest of the family. Many parents unknowingly ignore their children when they use smartphones. Children seek face-to-face interactions with the parents and more intimate communication could be harder to achieve.
We may have poor relationships
Our significant others could feel hurt if we spend much more time interacting with a touchscreen display instead of with them. People who are addicted to smartphones would rush to reply social media updates and text messages, without paying attention to their families. Eventually, this behavior may cause a major rift in any relationship.
We can be unhappy
Interactions through screen is now substitute for real face to face interactions. According to studies, any relationship needs trust and it is impossible to build trust with direct face to face interaction. People always device benefits from close interactions. They can have understanding and empathy towards others. Although Facebook could make us excited and re-connect with old friends, studies show that excessive use of such social media platforms could actually make us feel emotionally worse. As an example, we could begin to compare our lives with others and there’s a higher chance of arguments with people online. In this case, addicted people who stop using Facebook for a month could feel uplifted again.
Smartphone addiction could happen if our pleasure pathways are stimulated by frequent use of mobile gadgets. A similar principle also applies for gambling, drug and alcohol addiction. Experts have put Internet and mobile devices as relatively new causes for behavioural addictions. Each year the number of smartphone addicts is rising and this applies to people who open more than 50 apps each day or spend more than 10 hours each day with their smartphones.
We as an user always ignore these factors but these are completely true and needs to be stopped. It is not possible for us to stop everything right away but we should at least try to spend less time on our smartphones.