A new research study has found that teenagers who are addicted to their smartphones and the internet have an imbalance in the brain chemistry.
On November 30, a study released at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) found that addition of cell phone is on the rise and harming our minds.
Around 46 percent of Americans claim they could not live without their smartphones. Its quite obvious that these days, number of people are becoming dependent on smartphones and other portable electronic devices for information, chatting, news, gaming, even making the occasional phone call.
Today’s teens are spending too much time on their phones instead of interacting with others. Such kinds of habits can affect their brain and even long-term consequences could occur.
For the findings, Hyung Suk Seo, M.D., professor of neuroradiology at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues used magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to acquire insights into the brains of teenagers addicted to smartphone and internet.
Researchers performed standardized internet and smartphone addiction tests to measure the internet addiction’s severity. They focused on the extent to which smartphone and internet use impacts everyday routines, social life, sleeping patterns, productivity, and feelings.
Dr. Seo stated, “The higher the score, the more severe the addiction.” Dr. Seo found higher scores in anxiety, depression, insomnia severity and impulsivity among the addicted teenagers.
Teenagers smartphone use alters the function of this key brain area and was correlated with clinical measures of addiction, depression, and anxiety,” said Whitlow, who was not part of the study team.