The addiction is real
Can we remember how we spent our time prior to owning a smartphone?
Can we recall what life was like before cell phones?
Phone addiction is real. And sad to say, we don’t want to discuss it.
Our smartphone is as private as our sex life. We have placed too much importance on an object when anxiety results from being away from our phones. But, it’s real.
“Phone Separation Syndrome” is undeniable. Addiction to our smartphone results in physical illness and personal challenges. People suffer serious bodily symptoms from being detached from their smartphones.
The symptoms include:
- 75% panic
- 63% feel empty
- 14% feel desperate
- 7% suffer physical illness
A few decades ago, separation anxiety was different. Grounding a child to their room was a normal form of discipline. In those days, bedrooms were furnished with only a dresser and a bed. This was before cell phones, Nintendo, and X-box. This was also before the days when there was a TV in every room in the house.
Back in the day, there was one TV for the whole household. So, being alone in your room was like torture and a different type of anxiety.
Blaise Pascal said — “I have discovered the unhappiness of men arises from one solid fact, that they cannot stay quietly in their room.”
Today we are addicted to our lifestyles. Separating people from their phones creates serious emotional side effects.
Another smartphone challenge is information overload. Information overload increases negative effects on our brains and bodies. Overuse of our smartphones is detrimental to our learning skills, our eyesight, and negatively affects our hormone levels.
The major hormone affected is GABA. GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in developing our central nervous system. Its primary job is the reduce neuronal excitability in the nervous system.
Without a doubt, the overstimulation of our adrenal systems is a key factor in anxiety. Watching countless videos creates highs and lows in our emotions. We tap out our GABA levels.
Researchers performed MRS exams on the addicted youth prior to and following behavioral therapy and a single MRS study on the control patients to measure levels of gamma amino-butyric acid, or GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain that inhibits or slows down brain signals, and glutamate-glutamine (Glx), a neurotransmitter that causes neurons to become more electrically excited.
Previous studies have found GABA to be involved in vision and motor control and to regulate various brain functions, including anxiety. The results of the MRS revealed that, compared to the healthy controls, the ratio of GABA to Glx was significantly increased in the anterior cingulate cortex of smartphone- and internet-addicted youth prior to therapy.
Having too much GABA can cause several side effects, including drowsiness and anxiety.
When our GABA hormone is overstimulated anxiety is the result.
No wonder we are experiencing an anxiety epidemic.
- 90% of Americans possess a cell phone
- The average person uses a phone 3 hours daily
- Millennials use their phone 5 hours daily
- Some touch their phone 2,000 times daily
- 12% of people use their phone in the shower
- 20% of people use their phones during sexual intimacy
- 50% of people use their phones while driving
The statistics do not lie. Most of us have a major issue with our phones.
Have we found a solution to the abuse? Not really.
Experts warn us of withdrawal symptoms when struggling to cut back on our smartphone usage. These symptoms include; restlessness, anger, sleeplessness, and a lack of concentration.
Greenbot.com offers these solutions
1. Don’t use your phone in bed.
2. Get a real alarm clock.
3. Make meals a phone-free zone.
4. Turn off notifications.
5. Delete unnecessary apps.
6. Complicate your lock code.
7. Focus on the person you’re talking to.
8. Put your phone on airplane mode.
9. Have a phone-free day once a week
10. Take it slow
Or maybe we could try the old remedy?
Go to your room.
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