Smartphone Addiction effects 40%
of the population in the U.S.

In a recent survey where people were asked how they would feel if they misplaced their phone 73% said they would panic, 14% said they would feel desperate, 7% indicated they would feel sick, and only 6% said they would be relieved. These numbers show the extend of our reliance on smartphones. Even those that don’t consider themselves addicted admit to feelings of anxiety when their smartphone is not easily accessible.

According to a recent study published in Psychology Today signs of Smartphone Addiction include:

  • Feeling anxious when away from your phone
  • Compulsion to check for texts, emails, news and social media engagement
  • Phantom cellphone vibration syndrome

 

Our kids are at the highest risk

Today’s teens are at the highest risk of suffering from the consequences of Smartphone Addiction. Resent studies show that teenagers with Smatphone Addiction showed significantly higher levels of GABA, a neurotransmitter that inhibits neurons in the brain. Lower levels of GABA have been shown to result in shorter attention spans, and poor impulse control. Other ramifications of Smartphone Addiction are neck pain, poor posture, increased physical accidents due to driving or walking while texting, and poor sleep due to disrupted melatonin production.

 

As a mom of high schoolers I watched my kids fall victim to cell phone addiction – along with all of its adverse effects. Then it happened to me. I never saw it coming.

Effects of Smartphone Addiction include:

  • Shortened attention span
  • ADD-like symptoms
  • Disconnect with family and friends
  • Higher rates of depression and suicide

The first step to concurring an addiction is realizing the extent of the addiction and how it affects normal everyday life

How Liveagain can help

Step 1:

We recommend using Liveagain during the first week solely as a tracking devise. Use your phone normally and discover how much of your day is spent focused on your phone. Easy to read, comprehensive graphs, show clearly how much time is spent on social media, entertainment, emails, and texts.

Step 2

The next step is to set alerts when predetermined time limits are reached. This allows for a sustainable retraining of smartphone habits. Gently and progressively limiting time spent focused on your smartphone without the anxiety of going “cold turkey”.

Information retrieved from the following websites:

Image of smartphone – https://dumielauxepices.net/smartphone-clipart/smartphone-clipart-iphone-7

Image of Psychology Today cover – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/magazine/archive?page=1

Image of teens on cell phones – https://en.gizchina.it/2016/02/le-3-app-per-android-che-causano-dipendenza/

Signs of smartphone addiction – https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/reading-between-the-headlines/201307/smartphone-addiction

Our kids are at highest risk – https://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2017/12/11/phone-addiction-is-real-and-so-are-its-mental-health-risks/#456f015e13df

Effects of smartphone addiction – https://www.forbes.com/sites/brianscudamore/2018/10/30/the-truth-about-smartphone-addiction-and-how-to-beat-it/#5dd1fc3f4232