Smart phone usage can be an addiction like drug use

Smart phones have become more than a necessity and people tend to overuse it, unaware of its dangers. If a latest study is an indication, constant usage of smart phones physically affects your brain the same way drug addiction does.

Regions in the brain known as grey matter showed changes in size and shape for people with social media addiction, according to a study published in the journal Addictive Behaviors.

According to science, grey matter controls a person’s emotions, speech, sight, hearing, memory and self-control. Other studies have reported similar brain alterations due to drug usage.

“Given their widespread use and increasing popularity, the present study questions the harmlessness of smartphones, at least in individuals that may be at increased risk for developing smartphone-related addictive behaviours,” says the study by researchers from Heidelberg University in Germany.

In the U.S., over 24% of kids from 8 to 12 years old have their own smartphone and 67% of their teenage counterparts do, with younger teenagers using an average of about six hours’ worth of entertainment media daily. The average American spends around four hours a day on their smartphone, according to a RescueTime survey. An estimated 1 in 4 children and young people have problematic smartphone usage.


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