A recent study from researchers of Korea University in South Korea have warned that extended use of smartphones may considerably boost the risk of anxiety, depression and insomnia among teenagers. They have found an imbalance in the brain chemistry of teenagers addicted to the internet and smartphones.
They reported that young people addicted to smatphones had considerably higher scores in, anxiety, severity, depression impulsivity and insomnia. Hyung Suk Seo, from the Korea University said “ the higher the score, the more severe the addiction”. The question is to what extend the use of smartphone and internet affects people’s productivity, social life, daily routine, feelings and sleeping patterns.
For the research they used magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) to achieve close look into the brains of internet-and-smartphone-addicted young people. MRS is a type of MRI that is able to measure the composition of brain’s chemicals.
At the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) was presented the study which involved 19 teenagers diagnosed with smartphone or internet addiction who were balancing with healthy people.
As part of the study twelve of the addicted teenagers received nine weeks of cognitive behavioral therapy, adapted from a cognitive therapy program for gaming addiction. Standardized smartphone and internet addiction tests were used by researchers to count the severity of internet addiction.