Technology can make our lives easier, but it can also have devastating consequences. Constant use of smartphones and social media can change a person's brain chemistry and cause addiction. Common Sense Media conducted a poll with 1,200 teenagers and parents about screen addiction. Fifty-nine percent of parents felt their teens were addicted to their smartphones and 50% of teenagers felt they were addicted to their smartphones. Seventy-eight percent of teens say they check their phones hourly. Click here to find more information about the poll.
Some symptoms of smartphone and social media addiction include anxiety, depression, withdrawal from social activities, neck or back pain, dishonesty about technology usage, inability to keep a schedule, avoiding work, agitation, dry eyes and vision problems, carpal tunnel, headaches and problems sleeping.
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Smartphones and social media are designed to be addictive. They are intentionally designed to hook the user into frequent use through autoplay, push notifications, chime sounds, etc. Social media developers also use feedback loops. Every time you do or post online your brain experiences a temporary moment of pleasure. This reaction will cause your brain to want to use or post online even more.
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