The number of various gadgets is growing every year, and dependence on a smartphone, together with its effect on human health, is becoming one of the topical modern topics for scientific experiments. Already conducted studies on this issue have been able to prove a direct link between psychological problems and addiction to your gadget. However, there is a dilemma: does the depressive state itself make you "hang" in your smartphone more often, or do gadgets themselves provoke psychological disorders? A new experiment conducted by American scientists was able to quite definitely answer this question.
To carry out their scientific experience, a group of researchers from the state of Arizona decided to focus specifically on the psychological reasons that form Internet addiction and the obsessive habit of constantly using your smartphone. At the same time, the authors of the experiment decided not to consider the long-term use of gadgets during the day associated with objective circumstances, for example, work, study or business negotiations. According to the researchers, the most dangerous psychological dependence on the smartphone, which is mainly found among young people under the age of 20.
With their research, scientists decided to put an end to the question of whether depression is the reason for the constant desire to get into your smartphone or the gadgets themselves cause mental disorders. The survey participants were representatives of the so-called “dangerous” age group of 18–20 years. The group was asked to answer several questions related to the assessment of their own loneliness and psychological state, when there is a smartphone nearby or not. After a couple of months, the volunteers had to answer the same questions again.
The results of the experiment established a direct relationship and showed that it is gadgets that cause negative psychological states. According to surveys, participants often forget about real life when there is a smartphone nearby, which they actively use to the detriment of their own life plans and goals. At the same time, they cease to feel happy. When the "magic" device is not around, many have pointed to strong concerns about this.
The study authors explained that a very common reason people turn to their smartphone without a specific purpose is ordinary stress. Therefore, when asked how to get rid of internet addiction and constant "freezing" in gadgets, researchers advise switching to other, healthier ways to reduce stress. As an example, scientists named activities familiar to everyone: walks in nature, sports, pleasant communication, meditation - in general, everything that contributes to the acquisition of a happy mood.
The Topic of Article: Scientists have found that people with a tendency to depression are more likely to be dependent on their smartphones.