Research Shows Smartphone Usage Tied to Anxiety, Loneliness, Depression

According to research published in a journal NeuroRegulation, Dr. Erik Peper, a professor of health education, and Dr. Richard Harvey, an associate professor of health have stated that overuse of smartphones is no different than any other types of substance abuse.

“The behavioral addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how opioid addiction is experienced by people taking Oxycontin for pain relief — gradually,” Peper said.

It is also stated that overuse of social media on smartphones also factors into the state of anxiety and also depression. This Research says Facebook is affecting your health, causing depression.

The survey was done with San Francisco State students, Peper and Harvey found that students who used their phones the most, reported higher levels of loneliness, isolation, depression, and anxiety

According to the researches, the loneliness is a result of the lack of face to face or in person interaction where body language is not expressed. The research also revealed that the same students indulged in multi-tasking therefore not giving their body and mind enough rest. the lack of focus results in anxiety and restlessness.

Also See: 5 Effects of social media on mental health

It is also revealed that blue light smartphones emit can interfere with your normal sleep patterns. The good thing is no researcher has yet established a clear/firm link between cellphones and cancer.

Written by Hisham Sarwar

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