On the smartphone addiction , there are text messages, personal emails, business emails, social media, games and viewing apps among others.
There are also alerts of breaking news, a new episode of podcasts
attractive selling offers, and videos to like on Twitter for unlikely friendships.
On holidays that do not include a picnic or go out of the house, most of the day is spent browsing the smartphone and moving like a butterfly,
from watching sports matches to reading some news, watching and others.
There are a million possible distractions, and a smartphone can all succeed one by one.
Then the day will likely end with a thumb finger.
Smartphone addiction is driven by an inquisitive mind
The smartphone’s seduction lies in the instant gratification it gives, providing endless periods of free answers to any old question asked by the stray curious mind.
It is like extracting information from an inexhaustible spring of water, especially at leisure. None of the other alternatives no longer feels engaging as it used to.
A person may pick a movie and then get bored after 20 minutes, then try another one before noticing that he was browsing Twitter instead of watching it!
But smartphones can lead to depression
New research shows the extent to which this type of behavior can be harmful to human mental, psychological, and physical health.
Scientists have noted an association between smartphone use,
depression, memory impairment, feelings of loneliness, isolation, and anxiety.
Phubbing is a compound term describing the phenomenon of ignoring another person in preference to a phone.
This phenomenon causes personal relationships to erode and discourages effective communication between people.
Dopamine, the neurotransmitter associated with experiences of happiness, fun and the pursuit of new information, is secreted by the use of a smartphone.
This material creates loops of feedback
in which the brain learns to miss more inputs from the same source.
The sounds and vibrations associated with each alert shown by the phone can be like Pavlov’s stimuli, causing themselves a sharp rise in dopamine levels.
Users also destroy their hands,
by lengthening the strings and shaping the fingers, to reach the maximum degree of screen scrolling and clicking capabilities.
Doctors sometimes refer to this injury that a person causes to himself,
as a result of repeated pressure,
in the name of “the thumb of a smartphone”
In extreme cases
you may need surgical intervention.
Although Some solutions to relieve smartphone addiction
- Get rid of the sound of an email arrival
- Make a group chat conversations silent
- Scan Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter applications
- Leave the phone out of the room when sleeping
- Close alerts