How Smartphones are causing mental health problems in young people

Excessive screen time and the allure of living in a virtual world is leading teenagers to get addicted to mobile phones.

Separating a young person from his/her phone is one of the most difficult tasks you may imagine, but now teens may have to deal with the knowledge that staying glued to mobile devices may be linked to mental health crisis.

Prior to the late 2000s, mobile phones were mostly used by professionals and businessmen. Since then, thanks to variations like the Apple iPhone, they have become a necessity in a rapidly-evolving, digital world.
Virtually everyone owns a mobile phone nowadays and teens are not left out.
According to British figures, the official age of entry when most young Brits get mobile phones is 10. That is, eight entire years before they can even drive cars.
Smartphone addiction can lead to physical and mental health problems.playSmartphone addiction can lead to physical and mental health problems. (huffingtonpost.com)

Teens, by nature, are given to trends more than older demographics. They have that healthy dose of curiosity that is needed to try out new innovations and the success of mobile technology whether devices or apps, is usually dependent on them.

Nobody uses phones like teenagers do

As such, the market for mobile apps and devices targeted at teens is a large one. On your favourite mobile apps, there are thousands of apps targeted directly at teens and young people.
One of such, Musically helps users record quick videos set to music playing on their phones.
Made in China, the app became such a massive viral trend among teens across the world that it was sold for a whopping one billion dollars barely three years into its run.
Beyond this, there are also educational apps like Duolingo; games; social networking apps like Snapchat that can keep a teen occupied for as long as the battery is powered.
However, spending all that time glued to the small screen may be having adverse effects on the mental health of teenagers and young people.
Two separate studies have provided data that suggests using a smartphone is related to the incidence of mental health problems, such as depression, attention deficit disorder, and social awkwardness in teens.

Is there a correlation between smartphone use and mental health problems?

One of such studies was led by Jean Twenge, a professor of psychology at San Diego State University, who is the author of a controversial book on young people in the digital age titled “iGen”.
In the book, she makes the case that persons born after 1995 — who she calls iGen are on the cusp of a mental health crisis due to the overuse of mobile phones and devices.

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