Phone addiction leads to 'panicky' withdrawals, but is a handset all you are taking away?

Phone addiction leads to 'panicky' withdrawals, but is a handset all you are taking away?
Another study, another smartphone addiction proof. Researchers at King's College in London probed a whopping number of 41 studies that analyze 42,000 adolescents to look into what the study, issued in BMC Psychiatry, calls "problematic smartphone usage."

We will spare you the suspense, as the studies predictably found issues that in 25% of the young people bordered on addiction, complete with withdrawal symptoms when, say, parents took away their phones. 

They exhibited up to "panicky" behavior, turning quickly into depression and lack of sleep. According to Nicola Kalk, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London:


Pretty boilerplate, don't you think? What was actually surprising is that just a quarter of the surveyed adolescents exhibited such phone-withdrawal symptoms, what with all the warnings that handsets are dooming a whole generation. 

In fact, Amy Orben, A research fellow at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge, was quick to warn against premature conclusions: "It has been shown previously that smartphone effects are not a one-way street, but that mood can impact the amount of smartphone use, as well."

It's a common sense conclusion, as what parents take away when they limit their teen's access to their phone, or ban it altogether, is not just the device that takes pictures, serves websites, or plays music. 

Your friendship connections are often on the phone, and the complex social life teens (or adults, for that matter) have carefully built around the phone as a vessel of those networks, can really lead to withdrawal symptoms, if abruptly terminated. 

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4 Comments

1. JCASS889

Posts: 607; Member since: May 18, 2018

People need to get a hold of themselves. Addiction to social media and others crap is pathetic

2. darkkjedii

Posts: 31598; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Fitness, and Corvettes are my addiction, but I gotta have my Note 10+ with me, when I'm out. Noting is life.

3. AlienKiss

Posts: 263; Member since: May 21, 2019

Count me on the list lmao.. I always wake up with the headphones wrapped around my neck. Funny thing is I have no social media apps and only one game - Orborous. Most of my time I write bash scripts in Termux or watch star trek :) But yeah, phone addiction is quite real and bad. If I can't find my phone I go in crazy mode until I find it.. PS ALWAYS put the phone in airplane mode at night.

4. TBomb

Posts: 1662; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Social Media addiction is one thing. Gaming addiction is another thing. Smartphone addiction is yet another thing. I think it depends why you're on your phone to start to classify what addiction you have. Are you on it to post and scroll Instagram/Reddit for likes or for the texting/1-on-1 communication with friends or that you need to collect your gold in Clash of Clans every 30 minutes? Do you use your phone as an escape when your social anxiety spikes or because you are expecting a call from your doctor? I think the Amy Orben quote is very true. Someone may appear "addicted" to their smartphone because something else is going on that they don't understand or know how to deal with - not just because the scrolling through political news is soooo intriguing.

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