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Smartphone Addiction Is A Serious Problem!

People show their smartphones on December 25, 2013 in Dinan, northwestern France. AFP PHOTO / PHILIPPE HUGUEN (Photo credit should read PHILIPPE HUGUEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Addiction to smartphone indicates you are already addicted to a drug!!

The addition of the smartphone physically changes the shape and size of the human brain in a similar way to the organ of a drug addict, research has found.

The photos taken by an MRI scanner revealed the brains of people with smartphone addiction have lower grey matter volume in some important parts of the brain.

The images also revealed declined activity of the brains of people who are addicted to smartphones compared to the non-addicts.

The same kind of patterns about the diminishing of the grey matter volume has been observed in the drug-addicted persons.

What Does The Research Actually Reveal?

German researchers have experimented on 48 participants using the MRI images β€” 22 with smartphone addiction and 26 non-addicts.

β€˜Compared to controls, individuals with smartphone addiction showed lower gray matter volume in left anterior insula, inferior temporal and parahippocampal cortex,’ published in the report.

Reduced grey matter in one of these regions, the insula, has previously been linked to substance addiction.

They also stated that this is the first physical evidence of a link between smartphone use and physical changes happened to the human brain.

The researchers, fromΒ Heidelberg University, stated:

‘Given their extensive use and increasing popularity, the present study questions the harmlessness of smartphones, at least in individuals that may be at increased risk for developing smartphone-related addictive behaviours.’

Effect Of Smartphones On Children According To The Research:

A report recently found 53 per cent of the children own a mobile phone by the age of 7 years old.

The report, which was based on a survey of 2,200 five to 16-year-olds in the UK, goes on to say that by age 11, nine in 10 children have their own device.

 

Phone ownership is now ‘almost legal’ once children are in secondary school, the report has stated.

The ubiquity of phone use in society is a cause for concern as the physiological and health implications remain poorly understood, experts of the latest research warn.

 

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