• Myles Shin

Today I Learned... About Phone Addiction

As smartphones have become more and more popular, so has their usage time. Having a smart phones has turned into not just a privilege, but a necessity. Nowadays, kids are getting their first smartphones when they are nine years old. When people were offered money to give up their phone for a small period of time, many people who took on the challenge felt huge amounts of anxiety. They felt withdrawal symptoms, just like how people do when they are taken off drugs. Teens are on their phones for more than five hours a day and I, myself, struggle with this. I am on my phone for upwards of seven hours a day and constantly use it. I can accidentally open up Instagram and refresh the page without noticing; it has just turned into a habit.

Smartphones takes away from people’s lives. If people are spending this much time on their phones, they are spending less time interacting with others physically. Recently, there was a study done to test how the teen’s brain reacts when it interacts with a smartphone. It was proven that the brain gets a rush of dopamines in the brain when a person uses their phone. With smartphones, comes the rise of social media. Social media has also caused many negative effects. Among teens, suicide rates and depression has gone up significantly, by more than fifty percent in just the last five years.


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Forbes Magazine, 27 Jan. 2018,