Original Source: firstpost.com
People addicted to smartphones are more likely to feel depressed, anxious and lonely, a study has found. Researchers said that overuse of smartphones is just like any other type of substance abuse.
“The behavioural 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,” said Erik Peper from San Francisco State University in the US.
In a survey of 135 students, the researchers have found that students who used their phones the most reported higher levels of feeling isolated, lonely, depressed and anxious.
According to the study, published in the journal NeuroRegulation, they believe the loneliness is partly a consequence of replacing face-to-face interaction with a form of communication where body language and other…click here to continue reading