This Is How Smartphone Addiction Ruins Your Life

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Smartphone Addiction

We already know that smartphone addiction can people to stumble off sidewalks and walk into walls. I've been on my smartphone and done it myself. Thankfully, I haven't walked into traffic, like some do. And thankfully, I've never caused any real physical damage to myself.... except for perhaps to my brain - a very scary though indeed. So how does smartphone addiction affect our brains?

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According to professor of neuroradiology at Korea University in Seoul, South Korea and colleagues, smartphone addiction causes an imbalance in our brain. The unfortunate news was presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

Nineteen young people, with the median age of 15, who were diagnosed with smartphone addiction took part in the study. Nine weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy was given to twelve of the youth as part of the study.

It was discovered that that depression, anxiety, insomnia and impulsivity were higher in the phone-addicted teens.

As part of the study, twelve of the 19 people, underwent nine weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy. The good news is that this therapy seemed to help. Read more about that here.

Nine out of Ten Young Adults Own a Smartphone

Its seems daily, that Smartphones are becoming more and more a part of our lives. Gone are the days when we used our phones for speaking with another person, or even just texting. Gone are the days when we need to wear a watch or carry a camera with us. Today, nine in 10 adults age 18-29 now use a Smartphone. According to Pew Research, younger adults use their smartphones to look for a job and even to look for a date. Users don't need the library - they are reading books on their smartphones. It's also the go-to for the daily news and is also used as a shopping tool.

Incidentally, although it's being used so much more today than ever before for so many things, users are not taking the necessary steps to ensure security.

With all of today's usages, it's no wonder that we are so dependent on them. In another Pew Research study, 46 percent of Smartphone owners said they 'couldn't live' without their phones, while 54 percent said their phone "is not always needed".

Smartphone Bans

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As Smartphones have become a part of our lives, society has had to ban them drivers for the safety of all. Interestingly, you can read here about a Toronto politician who wants them banned from street crossing, and take note of the photo.

Also, take a look at this Colarado dad who is pushing fo the ban of Smartphones to those under the age of 13. I can't say I blame him.

Is Your Smartphone Ruining Your Marriage?

Real life interactions seem uninteresting to the Smartphone addict. This is, of course, a problem, especially when you're married.

In the study, published in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture, researchers found that the more dependent a person was on his or her phone, the less certain he or she was in their marriage. And spouses who felt their partners were dependent on their phones, reported being less satisfied in the marriage.

It's understandable that when a person is more interested in seeing what is on his or her phone, than in interacting to one's spouse, the spouse who is being ignored feels jilted.

I have to admit, in having lunch with my husband today, I was guilty of this very thing. I had been texting, with three people while we were supposed to be having lunch. This is not a normal thing for me, but it did happen today. He told me to tell them in no certain terms, "Tell them you're having lunch with your husband". Immediately I realized the rudeness of my behavior and put my phone away. Thankfully, my husband spoke up about it, and also thankfully, I understood that he was exactly right, without becoming defensive.

Spouses, rightfully, get jealous of their partners smartphones overuse. Matthew Lapierre, assistant professor from University of Arizona, who authored the study with his former undergraduate student Meleah Lewis, explains, “I’m more likely to think my relationship is doomed the more I believe my partner needs that thing. It’s not use; it’s the psychological relationship to that device.”

How Does This Translate To Your Own Life?

In your own lives, what kind of Smartphone bans or rules have you implemented? No smartphones at the dinner table? No smartphones while camping?

Let us know in the comments section below if you feel like you or someone you know might be battling smartphone addiction. What works and what doesn't. Your experience may help others. If you liked this article and think it may help your friends, consider sharing or tweeting it to your followers.

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