Teenagers addicted to their smartphones suffer from high levels of anxiety, depression, insomnia and impulsiveness
23:10, Saturday, 09 December, 2017
Teenage smartphone addicts suffer from imbalances in brain chemistry that can cause anxiety, say researchers. They had higher levels of neurotransmitter GABA, which helps to control over-excitement.Having too much of this can result in a number of side-effects including drowsiness and anxiety. The study tested nineteen 15-year-olds with internet or smartphone-use problems and 19 healthy kids. Researchers used standardised internet and smartphone addiction tests to measure the severity of internet addiction. The South Korean docs then used MRS, a scan that measures the brain’s chemicals, to see how addiction affected routines, social life, sleeping, productivity and feelings.