Toronto – Smartphone addiction is a real thing and those who are more susceptible to developing it, according to a US study conducted by Binghamton University – State University of New York, are women.
An addiction, almost symbiotic, which can lead, despite an initial feeling of well being, symptoms of depression, social isolation, shyness, impulsiveness and low self esteem.
The results showed that 7% was identified as ‘dependent’, 12% as ‘fanatic’. Both groups experience social problems and in the workplace, due to a compulsive need to always give a ‘peek’ on the phone. Overall these users have shown signs that may indicate depression, isolation and social anxiety, shyness, impulsiveness and low self esteem. Women appeared more likely to develop addiction. “It can be expected that dependence will increase gradually there will be advancements, applications, games and gadgets” noted Isaac Vaghefi, including the study authors.
Vaghefi also lists four alarm bells: careful to use the technology as a way to escape problems or relieve helplessness, guilt, anxiety or depression.
Eye even if you ignore what really happens to the virtual, if you constantly checking your smartphone, even when it rings or vibrates, and if you become paranoid when you do not have it back.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.