Did you know that disorders such as depression, anxiety, poor quality sleep and poor academic performance have been adding up every day among young people due to excessive use of smartphones, according to the results of a study by King’s College of London.
The researchers, focused on the “problematic use of smartphones,” analyzed 41 different tests applied to 42,000 British young people between January 1, 2011 and October 15, 2017. It found that 23% of participants are anxious when they are unable to use the telephone or cannot moderate the time spent on their job.
According to the British public research institution, addictive behavior may be linked to other problems, such as stress, depressed mood, lack of sleep, and decreased school performance.
The authors of the paper, published in the journal BMC Psychiatry, admit that there is growing interest in research on the problematic use of smartphones in children and young people and how that attachment relates to mental health.
They add that, however, none have critically evaluated the effects.
Nicola Kalk, a researcher at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College and one of the authors of the paper, stresses that “smartphones are here to stay,” which is why he says “it is necessary to understand the prevalence of their problematic use.
Nicola Kalk says that it has not been determined whether it is the addiction to the telephone itself or to applications that is related to mental health problems, but it is necessary to promote public awareness of the proper use of the device, especially by children and young people.