Smartphone Addiction Causes a Chemical Imbalance which Increases Depression & Anxiety!
People’s smartphone addiction could be causing an important imbalance in the brain, according to a new study. The research looked at people who were tied to their phone and self diagnosed as being addicted to the device.
Researchers found smartphone addiction does appear to be causing damage in the form of chemical imbalances in the brain. Imbalances that could be causing severe anxiety, depression and fatigue.
Researchers put people who described themselves as being addicted to their phone through a test known as MRS, which looks at the chemical makeup of the brain. They measured levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical which slows down signals in the brain.
Previous studies have linked GABA to vision and motor control and the regulation of various brain functions, including anxiety.
The changes in the brain could also be linked to problems with processing information and emotions, according to Hyung Suk Seo, the Korea University professor who carried out the research.
The study looked at 19 young people, all of whom had been diagnosed with internet or smartphone addiction. They were paired with a control group of the same age and gender who were not addicted to their phone.
The participants were scored on how intense their smartphone or internet addiction was. It found the ratios of GABA to creatine and glutamate, two other important acids, were directly correlated to the severity of their phone addiction, and to their level of depression and anxiety.
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