Digital Addiction Increases Loneliness, Anxiety and Depression

By Natural Blaze

How to Outsmart Digital Isolation and Addiction, According to San Francisco State University

Smartphones are a permanent fixture in most people’s lives, a constant source of notification and quasi-connection. The downside of that convenience is that many of us are also addicted to the constant pings, chimes, vibrations and other alerts from our devices, unable to ignore new emails, texts and images. We are addicted to “logging in.”

In a new study published in NeuroRegulation, San Francisco State University Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey argue that overuse of smart phones is just like any other type of substance abuse.

“The behavioral addiction of smartphone use begins forming neurological connections in the brain in ways similar to how opioid addiction is experienced by people taking Oxycontin for pain relief — gradually,” Peper explained.

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