Smartphones Cause Depression in Teens

Peyton Miller, Staff writer

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  These days we use our smartphones everyday but we don’t know how its affecting us mentally and physically. Depression and Anxiety rates among teenagers have increased by 70 percent in the last 25 years according to www.Independent.co.uk . The Federal Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) even states that one in ten Americans suffer from some form of depression and people between the ages of 18 and 24 tend to suffer from the most severe cases. Could it be that SmartPhones are ruining our lives?

   A study of more than 300 college students from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign found out that heavier technology use was connected to greater risk for anxiety and depression, particularly among those using the devices as a “security blanket” — to avoid dealing with unpleasant experiences or feelings. Basically smartphones have become a distraction for millennials from their stressful everyday lives. Yet smartphones don’t fix the problems. They only mask and obscure them.

   

The brain gets a spike of dopamine. Psychology Today defines dopamine as “Critical in all sorts of brain functions, including thinking, moving, sleeping, mood, attention, motivation, seeking and reward.” Dopamine is “What makes your brain addicted to something, and makes it want more.” Withdrawal from an addiction may lead to depression. Overuse of the smartphone can definitely cause adolescents to lose their grip on reality. How long will it take until social interaction with other people becomes extinct overall?

   The iPhone also has a blue light screen. This screen is bad for us before we go to bed. It causes us to lose sleep, and losing sleep can lead to depression. The more that time goes on, the more problems are being revealed about the iPhone. Even though facts are being revealed, people choose to ignore them. Ignorance is bliss, but we need to be able to come together as a society and realize what is tearing us apart and causing the most problems for people. Smartphones.

 

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