15 Facts About The Brain Of A Phone Addict
Phone overuse can lead to 3 serious mental illness. Read on to discover if you’re at risk before it’s too late.
In today’s society it seems almost like it is second nature to have some type of cellphone or smartphone in front of you all of the time.
There are many people who can conduct their entire day of work and all of their socializing without ever putting their phone down, using it for everything that comes along.
As smartphones become more and more prevalent in the world today scientists and studies have taken much more of an interest in the notion of their being smartphone addiction and what type of an effect this can actually have on a person.
All it takes is a little bit of analysis and research and you can find notions pretty easily about how using a smartphone all of the time can actually have some type of adverse effect on you.
Here are 15 facts about the brain of a phone addict and some of the things that can happen to you as a result of being addicted to your smartphone.
1. Phone addicts run a higher risk for developing depression
People are always on the lookout for ways that can lead to the path of depression.
Many doctors and psychologists have developed a variety of theories and studies that showcase different reasons that can bring about depression in many individuals and one of the things they are looking closely at today is people who are suffering from some type of phone addiction.
While phone addiction is not in itself classified as an actual disorder at this time, many who are studying the idea have come across those who find the compulsion to use their smartphones and cellphones all day long for everything are more susceptible to having bouts of depression in their lives.
Scientists are not clear as to the exact reasoning behind this just yet, but many feel there may be a correlation between the overuse of a phone as a means of staying in touch with the world leading to feelings of isolation and loneliness, which can bring about a state of depression.
2. Those with a phone addiction are more likely to suffer from some type of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
There does seem to be a correlation between those that use their smartphone excessively and for nearly every aspect of their life and those that may suffer from a form of OCD.
Very often those with OCD need to have things highly organized in a certain way and things must be tightly regimented to run at certain times.
Smartphones feed into this notion by providing you with the precision that you may need in life by giving you ways for regular notifications and alarms to help keep things running smoothly the way you may need them to run.
This can lead to a compulsive behavior pattern where people may feel the need to use the smartphone for everything because it is correct and organized all of the time, never steering them in the wrong direction.
This fact has long been the fear of many in society, especially when it comes to younger people using smartphones on a regular basis.
They are growing up only knowing how to communicate with others via email, text message and video chat and have not learned the proper way to hold a conversation with someone.
For people that only use their smartphones for all of these details and communications, they will not be able to act properly in many social situations because they have not developed the skills needed for proper interaction.
4. The brains of phone addicts show some similarities to that of drug addicts
While there is still a great deal of study being done on this particular aspect, there have been some studies that areas of the brain that are typically highlighted and stimulated during drug use are also being stimulated during overuse of the smartphone.
People are receiving the same stimulation of their pleasure centers of the brain as they would with other types of addictions and find that their mind and body begin to physically crave the use of a device much in the way a drug addict would crave a particular substance.
5. Too much phone use can cause the failure to release melatonin
You have probably heard of melatonin as a natural substance you can take to help you get to sleep.
Melatonin is actually something released into your system by your brain that is designed to help your body reach a state of relaxation.
There have been studies that are able to link the overuse of smartphones and cellphones to a delayed release or a lack of release of melatonin into your body.
This happens particularly with those that insist on using their phones for hours while in bed or right before they try to go to sleep.
The use of the phone and the light emitted from the phone confuses your body into thinking that it is not time for sleeping yet and does not release the melatonin or not enough of it to help you fall asleep properly, which can lead you directly into number 6 on this list.
6. Phone addicts suffer more from a lack of sleep and insomnia
A lot of this can go back to the explanation in reason number 5 where melatonin is not being produced and released properly in your body when you are using the phone too much.
Others have found, however, that using the phone constantly, especially right before bed or while you are in bed, contributes to you not getting the proper amount of sleep or suffering from insomnia where you cannot sleep at all.
This can be attributed to your brain being overstimulated by what you were doing on your phone, whether it was texting, looking at social media, playing games, listening to music or any of a dozen other things you could do.
Your brain and body have concentrated so much on these activities that they are too wound up to let your body relax and sleep.
7. Phone addicts have a harder time distinguishing needs versus wants
This particular notion does harken back to classifying this as an addiction and this type of attitude is often seen among those that have addiction problems with alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex or any other type of addiction.
Those that may be considered to be a phone addict can no longer see the difference between needing to use their smartphone for certain tasks and wanting to use their smartphone and can create scenarios for them to justify the overall use of the phone anytime that they want to use it, thinking that it is an absolute need.
8. Phone addicts do show a shrinking of brain matter
This study was done on a small sample of people who averaged a high amount of smartphone use for the study, but there was an indication that surface level of the brain matter in a portion of those in the study did show some shrinking and decrease over those who used their smartphones infrequently or only when needed.
This study could indicate that overuse of a smartphone could have the adverse effect on your brain matter just as other addictions can have.
9. Phone addicts display a poorer work/school performance
For those that may have a phone addiction, there is a correlation between overall work and school performance, and excessive hours spent using a smartphone.
The phone use can get in the way of performing tasks during work or school, causing distraction and making it harder for people to concentrate.
This can lead to overall poorer performance in daily tasks at work or at school.
10. Phone addicts tend to have reduced inhibitions
A reduced level of inhibition is common among all types of addictions and it has shown to be true among those who are addicted to using their smartphones.
The users spend so much time wrapped up in the worlds that exist on their phones, whether it is playing games, checking email, looking at websites, texting or other tasks, that they lose touch with what should be appropriate behavior, getting the same feeling almost as a “high” that people might get from using drugs and possibly putting themselves into riskier situations than they might normally try.
11. Phone addicts display a diminished goal orientation
Because someone is addicted to the use of their phone, they have less of a concern about what is going on in the world around them and are more likely to let go of goals that now seem unimportant to them.
This can be very basic from doing certain household chores to higher goals such as studying and doing well on particular tests, preparing for a job interview or performing certain tasks at work.
The person is less driven to reach these goals because they would rather spend their time using their phone.
12. Phone addicts may suffer from greater memory loss
There is a great deal linked to addiction and memory loss and a phone addiction can be no different.
Constant and overuse of the phone for whatever reason can be taxing on the brain even if it does not feel that way at the time it is being used.
Those who engage in overuse may have trouble with their short-term and long-term memory, having a failure to recall certain things that they have done or are supposed to do because the phone has become the dominant point in their life.
13. Phone addicts find it harder to retrieve information
A lot of this fact goes back to the effects that a phone addiction can have on the brain and on memory loss.
Too much use of the phone can lead a person to have a harder time recalling any type of information.
This can be particular true when they are so accustomed to using their phone for everything that they do in life.
When the phone is not available for use they may have a harder time making decisions, discovering facts and retrieving information that they might normally know.
14. Phone addicts develop higher tolerance levels for phone use, require a greater need
As is the case with a number of addictions, a certain level of tolerance can begin to build anytime that you overuse anything.
It then requires more and more use to help you achieve the same feelings of relief and satisfaction for your body.
This is true of phone addicts, who will require longer and longer periods of using their phone regularly and more often in order to feel at peace with what they are doing and be satisfied with their lives.
15. A phone addict’s brain becomes trained to feel good through phone use
As an addict, the person that is overusing and abusing their phone use will become so reliant on using their phone regularly that the use will feel better and better to them all of the time.
Their brain will become used to the good feelings it receives when the phone is being used and want to replicate that feeling more and more all of the time, leading to perhaps an even greater addiction and more use.
Like any type of addiction, there is going to be some type of impact that occurs on the brain of the person that is considered to be a phone addict.
The more the device gets used for hours and hours each day the more the brain and body are going to come to rely on and crave the use, causing the person to try to find more and more time to use the phone each day.
This will naturally come to interfere with the daily lifestyle that the person would normally lead as they become wrapped up in just using their phone.
There are more studies going on all the time as smartphones are still relatively new to the world so there is nothing definitive as of yet but there does seem to be a real distinction among the brain of a phone addict when compared to others.
infact these tips are very helpful and very educative and i wish that you elaborate more and more of these very tips.
Thank you for your message! I am glad you found it helpful and educative.
I will write more about the impact of phone addiction on the brain in the future because I find it fascinating, and I am convinced people deserve to know what they are dealing with on a daily basis.
Awareness regarding phone addiction is required at massive level.
I agree with you Saliha.
Mobile phones, even though they are very useful in many situations, have been widely adopted by the general population before we had any understanding of how it was going to influence our lives.
People need to take a step back to understand better what they are dealing with.
thank you ADDITIONTIPS that was very eyeopening for me and realizing how damaging a phone can be for people.
You shared great information.You have write good information about the impact of phone addiction on the brain. this information is very important and useful for us. we know about the impact of phone but we do not follow the advices.anyway thanks for great information.
Thank you for your positive comment Areesha!
i will try to use phone just for time just of neccessity
that’s a good resolution. How is that going for you?
I am a little surprised at the number of issues you have raised with regards to phone addiction but have not cited one single study to corroborate your claims. Every issue should have clearly cited the study, its authors and where it was published. in the absence of these this is a great opinion piece and nothing more.
This is a blog, not a scientific paper.
Haha! #2 looks almost exactly like my phone screen!
Doesn’t it look so cool with every icon organised by color?
OCD much? :)
I’ve had issues with insomnia for many years, and I had no idea that it could come from my phone as you said in #6.
Maybe I should try to manage my phone use better, and see if my insomnia goes away…
Shad, there are many studies proving that the blue screen emitted by our various screens disrupts our circadian rhythm.
I completely agree with #12.
Since I have a smartphone with internet access, I make a lot less effort to remember things.
I always rely on my phone to remind me of important tasks, and I do a Google search whenever I need something I don’t know yet (or don’t remember).
Michelle, balancing convenience and dependence can be a tricky act.
extra use of phone means waste your time
waste your hopes waste your wishes and some other etc
That’s a tad bit dramatic, isn’t it?
very useful article ;)
Thank you heer
OKay so what about EMI- emitted from the Cellular towers they are really dangerous too.erected on Roof tops of Buildings.
When you make a call on your mobile phone, it emits electromagnetic radio waves also known as radio frequency, or RF energy. Antenna from the nearest cell phone tower will then receive these radio waves.
Cell phone tower consists of antennas that both transmit and receive signals from mobile phones.
I have recently published a few articles about the radiations emitted by cellphones.
Does this apply to laptop use? Because I realize that some in the list is with me… Anyway, thanks for this helpful information, I will do my best to use phones less or even my laptop because I use laptop the moment I wake up or go to sleep…
Very well observed and written article, the loudness of stock exchange comes to mind, so does the people around, hope as factual as could be or is.
because it is up to situation in which some body is engaged in its exesessive use in my opinion may be right or not…….. but is more an opinion than a fact or information.
This points have been very helpful for my research. It would have helped a bit more if the points would have been elaborated more. However, almost all effects have been covered.
Number 8 is very true, one day I started using my phone 8:00 pm up to 2 am, and I feel like my brain is shrinking and it hurts so mucccchh.. and I had trouble sleeping all the time, I use my phone too much because of k-dramas, and I also have a hard time remembering things lately..