Giving Your Child a Smartphone is “Like Giving Them Drugs” Says Top Addiction Expert

Did you know that smartphones can be as addictive as drugs?

It seems funny, even unbelievable, but people are becoming more and more addictive to the use of their smart phones, especially the teenagers. All that scrolling down to check the messages what their peers has sent to them or some pics released on Instagram or Facebook can easily make them addictive to their phones. Therefore, giving your kid a smartphone is almost the same like giving it drugs.

You may think that cannot be true, but it is true, and an addiction therapist in the UK has confirmed this after being aware of the growing smartphone addiction among teens. The daily routine of scrolling down the news feed, or some other info can make you as addictive as drugs and alcohol.

Did you know that “getting off” samrtphones may trigger withdrawal symptoms similar to drugs?

This is not any more a funny situation as it is an addiction for which there are certified studies. Professor Jennifer Ihm from the Kwangwoon University in Korea conducted such study involving 2,000 12-year-olds. The smartphone addiction in these children could affect their psychological and physical health, and their future academic success.

Half of the teenagers use their smartphones on regular basis

Many studies have confirmed this fact and the teenagers are also aware of this fact. They even confirmed it, nearly 84% of them, that cannot spent a day without the use of their smartphone. This is really alarming and very concerning. Like any addiction this type of it can cause feelings of insecurity, anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and even physical pain like neck or wrist pain.

How can you tell if a person is being addicted to its smartphone?

Symptoms of smartphone addiction

If spending time without the phone makes a person anxious or keeps on checking its phone for no apparent reason, then this person is dealing with a smartphone addiction. In the worst case scenario, he or she may even wake up in the middle of the night to check his or hers phone. If these people are students, then their academic achievement will be very bad.

The treatment of this addiction is like any other addiction, and the side effects are just the same like the other addictions: anger, depression, tension and restlessness.

Smartphones and tablets are not good option for the toddlers

According to Professors Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell from San Diego State University the use of these devices can affect the mental health of the children of an age of 2. They gathered data from 40,000 children in the US in the age range of 2 to 17 years old who were subjected to social media or watching videos, and the results obtained showed that this regular use affects their emotional well-being.

It was revealed that almost 50% of the children who use smartphones for 2 hours or more easily lose their temper and cannot calm down quickly. Moreover, children in the age range of 2 to 5 years old should not use a smartphone at all because it affects their mental health.

Behavioral issues as a result of time spent in front of screens

Both children and adolescents develop behavioral issues when spending four hours a day in front of a screen. The adolescents become argumentative and anxious, and that influence will make them less curious. Moreover, they will not be able to establish good social relations.

Parents are the role model for their children

Parents are the role model for their children as per the journal Pediatrics Child Health, and they could be the most effective tool in preventing this addiction. Hence, try not to use the phone all the time during the day, especially not while eating. If your child sees that you are not using it, he will also not develop the need for a smartphone.

Limit screen time

Smartphones are handy devices when we want to stay in contact with our family and friends, but their overuse can lead to depression and anxiety. Some parents seem to ignore the fact that the use of smartphones can do more harm than good. However, this should not be the case when the health of our children is concerned. You should set some grounding rules when smartphone use is concerned.

  • Children under 5 should use smartphones for an hour.
  • School-aged children and teenagers should be allowed to use their phones for two hours.

You should also limit your time in front of a screen, and consequently your children will do so. Set the right example for your children.