Psychologists about the impact of smartphones on people

Excessive attachment to mobile harm people, say employees of Binghamton University (Binghamton University), located in new York. If people use their smartphones constantly, and this is more likely women – this can lead to personal, social and work problems. Supervisor Isaac Vaghefi (Isaac Vaghefi) said that the last time the phone was a fast of pleasure – aktiviziruyutsya neurons, a release of dopamine, people experiencing positive emotions – and all of this can cause addiction. In addition, the attachment to the gadget makes a person less alert and more prone to boredom.

Researchers interviewed 182 College students about how often they use a smartphone, and divided them into five groups according to the answers received from those who used the gadget periodically, to those who “sat phone” all the time. The latter was 7%, 12% was tied to their devices a little less. Both of these groups have experienced problems with your personal life, with friends and at work. In addition, these people observed the symptoms of depression, anxiety, they had lower self-esteem than others, they were more shy. Isaac Vaghefi noted that, although the study really dependent on the smartphone of people were in the minority, but with the development of technology, their number is likely to grow. A group of scientists have identified several symptoms of addiction, found herself which man, in the opinion of University staff, should refer to a specialist:

  • if a man uses a smartphone as a way to escape from problems or relieve feelings of helplessness, anxiety, guilt or depression;
  • if the virtual life becomes more important than real;
  • if you want to check the smartphone constantly, even if he does not submit signals – a sound or vibration;
  • if the lack of a smartphone causes anxiety.

On the other hand, according to experts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (University of Wisconsin-Madison), there are positive effects of smartphones. Popular games, according to team of researchers, makes people happy. Three weeks after the game’s release, researchers interviewed 400 people about their social life, physical activity and emotions.

Later, about 40% of respondents started to play Pokemon Go. These people were more physically active – at least, more walking, they are more likely to experience positive emotions and were more satisfied with life. In addition, these people were more likely to make new friends and strengthen old ties – they had more friends in social networks, they are often exchanging phone numbers with other people. The study’s author, James Alex Bonus (James Alex Bonus) concluded that people usually focus on the negative side of media violence and aggression, however, the information space can have positive features.

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