For a few years now it's been mused that excessive use of smartphones can lead to increased levels of anxiety, loneliness and depression, especially in younger people. So it's no real surprise that in the US specific rehabilitation programs have been developed to help battle smartphone addition.
However, we live in a world where technology is becoming a bigger part of everyday life. So how can we protect our mental health and relationships against the potential dangers? The tech companies certainly have a part to play in moving towards "technology that protects our minds and replenishes society". But when our very dependencies and possible addictions are directly linked to those companies bottom lines is there really a way to move forward?
A interesting (if long) read on the topic below that should get you thinking about your own smartphone usage at the very least!
“Smartphone addiction” may seem like a cliché — an eye-roll-inducing first-world problem — but it can have devastating effects. Extreme use of digital devices and the internet can lead to behavioral disorders that are as debilitating or life-threatening as alcohol or drug abuse. And aside from those most severe cases, addictive technologies may be breeding an entire generation prone to depression and loneliness