Smartphone addiction is a growing concern in our society, as it has essentially put people of all ages on information overload. Have you really ever thought about what the sometimes endless screen time on your smartphone can do to your brain?

New research conducted with MRI scans shows changes in the brain both structurally and functionally. Not only is smartphone addiction physically changing people, but it has also been shown that it can have a change in mental health, such as increased anxiety, depression, stress, and poor sleeping habits.

Smartphone addiction is essentially a form of Internet addiction because the Smartphone is a portable, easily accessible portal to the Internet. This ease-of-access contributes to the Smartphone being so addictive. The Smartphone essentially becomes a method of delivering stimulating content to the brain and nervous system; the content itself can be stimulating, but when combined with easy and fast accessibility, it can make it even more addictive.

Additional signs of problematic Smartphone use include:

  1. An active pattern of Smartphone use that is impacting you or your loved one’s daily functioning
  2. The pattern of use may include an escalation of the amount of time on your phone.
  3. A notable impact in life-balance, including:
    • academic performance
    • occupational issues
    • personal hygiene and self-care
    • time management
    • reduction in social relationships/social isolation
    • reduced sleep
    • health or medical issues
    • irritability or anger when access to screens is removed
    • reduced engagement in previously pleasurable or satisfying activities

Learn more about the damage smartphone addiction can cause in this short article by TechTimes.

If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be suffering from Smartphone addiction, please take the Smartphone Addiction Test.