Medindia
Advertisement

SmartPhones are as Addictive as Cocaine or Any Other Drug

by Julia Samuel on March 6, 2015 at 11:32 AM
Font : A-A+

SmartPhones are as Addictive as Cocaine or Any Other Drug

A new study on smartphones reveals that users are addictive and the more you use one, the worse it gets.

The average age of the participants in the online survey was 29. The most popularly used apps were social networking sites by 87 percent; instant-messaging apps 52 percent and 51 percent used news apps. Out of 256 participants the average user spent 3.6 hours per day on the device, 35 percent used their phones in banned areas and 13 percent were addicts.

Advertisement

Psychology lecturer, Dr Zaheer Hussain, who co-authored the study, found that the more you use a smartphone, the higher your risk of becoming addicted. Narcissism is the most common and obvious sign of addiction. It means, excessive interest or admiration of oneself and one's physical appearance. An obsession with taking selfies and posting them on social media is one key indication.

'A significant positive relationship was found between narcissism and addiction to the phones, suggesting that the more narcissistic a person is, the more likely they are to be addicted to their smartphone,' he said.
Advertisement

The study found, moodiness, loneliness and jealousy are all key indicators of smartphone addiction, along with an obsession with physical appearance.

Dr Hussain said, "The study informs us about smartphone overuse and the impact on psychological well-being. We now use smartphones on a daily basis and for various tasks so being aware of the psychological effects is very important. There are various smartphone apps such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Candy Crush, as well as Skype and email that make smartphone use psychologically more attractive and can lead to addiction."

As far as relationships are concerned, 46.8 percent of participants spoke positively of improved social relations but nearly a quarter admitted their smartphones create communication issues within 'real life'.

Professor James Elander, Head of the Centre for Psychological Research at the University of Derby, said, "This study is a very timely one with much potential impact, and the findings show that users should be more aware of how they are using their smartphones and of the potential risks of excessive use."

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
Gonorrhea
World Alzheimer's Day 2021 - 'Know Dementia, Know Alzheimer's
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Drug Toxicity Amoebic Dysentery Cannabis Drug Abuse Screening Test Drug Abuse Signature Drug Toxicity Drug Detox 

Recommended Reading
Internet Addiction Disorder
Internet addiction disorder is of 3 types, excessive gaming, sexual preoccupations and email / text ...
Munchausen Syndrome
Hospital Addiction Syndrome, commonly known as Munchausen syndrome is a factitious mental condition ...
Smartphone TVs Linked to Rise in Carbon Emissions
Watching TV on your smartphone or tablet could boost up carbon emissions, a new study claims....
Smartphones and Tablets the Main Reason Behind Irregular Sleep Patterns
A new study suggests that smartphones and tablets may be the reason behind irregular sleep ......
Amoebic Dysentery
Amoebic dysentery or amoebiasis is an infection of the intestine that causes diarrhoea most frequent...
Cannabis
Cannabis has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use and comes from a bushy pl...
Drug Abuse
The use of Drugs for reasons other than its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug abuse or sub...
Drug Detox
Drug detoxification (or drug detox) is a process that helps drug addicts to give up drugs with less ...
Drug Toxicity
Drug toxicity is an adverse reaction of the body towards a drug that results as a side effect of a d...

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use