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No, you're probably not 'addicted' to your smartphone - but you might use it too much

No, you're probably not 'addicted' to your smartphone - but you might use it too much

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Smartphone Addiction

Smartphone Addiction

There are about two billion smartphone users in the world, who check their devices on an average 85 times a day.

Checking your smartphone repeatedly is normally assumed as being addicted, especially in the younger age groups.

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Not Really an Addiction

While being glued to smartphones may look like addiction, for most people it is just a behavior pattern, a habit that can be broken.

A set of people may be having a fixation with checking specific apps on the smartphone, like a gambling site or pornography.

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Addiction Defined

Addiction Defined

The World Health Organization defines addiction as physical and behavioral dependence on a substance.

An addiction can create psychological harm and many social problems with family and friends

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Obsessive Behaviour, Not Addiction

Obsessive Behaviour, Not Addiction

  • A smartphone is less of a real addiction and more of an obsessive behavior.
  • We get small 'dopamine' hits in our brains, every time we see a social media like or something that provides us with a reward.
  • We often use our smartphones as a weapon against boredom in public transport and boring tasks.

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The Pleasure Center

The Pleasure Center

Social media rewards, like the number of views, comments or likes, engage us deeper into the virtual world, providing a sense of enjoyment via the 'dopamine' hits on the brain's pleasure center.

Social media occupies an average of 50% of the time spent each day with our smartphones.

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On the Verge of Addiction

Smartphones may be on the verge of being an addiction for some people, but over time it will become less of a problem as the society will adjust to it, just like it did with computers.

We need to address the compulsive usage of youngsters if their activities are potentially time-wasting or can cause psychological or other health issues in the long run.

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