Excessive Smartphone Use Is Associated With Health Problems in Adolescents and Young Adults

vrijdag, 12 april 2024 - Categorie: Onderzoeken

Source: Front Psychiatry. 2021 May 28;12:669042. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2021.669042. PMID: 34140904; PMCID: PMC8204720.
Wacks Y, Weinstein AM
Department of Behavioral Sciences, Ariel University, Ariel, Israel


Background and Aims: This present paper will review the existing evidence on the effects of excessive smartphone use on physical and mental health.

Results: Comorbidity with depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD and alcohol use disorder. Excessive smartphone use is associated with difficulties in cognitive-emotion regulation, impulsivity, impaired cognitive function, addiction to social networking, shyness and low self-esteem. Medical problems include sleep problems, reduced physical fitness, unhealthy eating habits, pain and migraines, reduced cognitive control and changes in the brain's gray matter volume.

In Conclusion: Excessive smartphone use is associated with psychiatric, cognitive, emotional, medical and brain changes that should be considered by health and education professionals.

Keywords: internet addiction, smartphone addiction, problematic smartphone use, internet use disorder, excessive smartphone use

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