Smartphones are a way of life and this is by far, more than just a fact. Smartphones have mostly made our lives easier and are now a basic necessity. It would be fine to say that our entire generation is obsessed with smartphones. However, this obsession is beginning to the hit the nerve with the mental well-being of an individual; this is what a study says.
Published in the journal Child Development, the study says that the excessive use of smartphones can lead to the eruption of crucial mental health issues like anxiety, behavioural problems, self-regulation difficulties etc.
The study established a relationship between the many hours of smartphone usage and the symptoms displayed for mental health. It would be apt to say that the excessive exposure to social media, round the clock texting, and using the Internet; technology has definitely brought about many problems as well.
151 young people, aged between 11 and 15 years were sampled for the study. The research for the study involved the completion of certain surveys by the means of their smartphones. On an average, an adult was exposed to 2.3 hours of smartphones usage or digital technology usage.
The study subjects were asked to complete the survey over the period of a month, thrice every day. After 18 months, their mental health symptoms were addressed.
Weighed against the time given to individual smartphone usage and that given by peers on an average, the result of the study revealed that whenever these subjects surpassed the average time span for both scale uses, they showcased behavioural problems like issues with a moral conduct, lying, fighting, focus or concentration issues, hyperactivity disorder etc.
“On days’ at-risk adolescents use technology more, they experience more conduct problems and higher ADHD (attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) symptoms compared to days they use technology less,” said lead author of the study Madeleine George from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, US.
The result also entailed the probability of rising self-control issues after an adult individual spent more time on social media. However, there have been positive findings too which talk of how longer hours of digital technology access brought about a lesser probability of depression.