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There was a time not long ago that even most adults didn’t have a cellular phone, but at this point that may as well be ancient history. These days, most adults and teenagers own cell phones, and we are often buried in them for hours every day, getting news, playing games, texting, and keeping up on social media.

Teenagers have especially become hooked on cell phones, and we need to be careful to make sure that they don’t become addicted to their digital devices. Research has shown that the beginning signs of smartphone addiction are similar to those of opioid addiction. And while smartphones are far safer than opioids, this is still concerning in that it can lead to dangerous behavioral problems and suggest further problems down the line. So why do teens get addicted to their phones, and what can we do to help?

Anxiety, Loneliness, and Depression

A study at San Francisco State found that the most frequent phone users also reported the highest levels of anxiety, loneliness, and depression. As digital communication has been used more and more often to replace human contact and interaction, people have become isolated from another and suffer from the inability to read body language and experience the company of another person. This can lead to high levels of loneliness and in turn depression. The constant multi-tasking on cell phones also keeps us overstimulated, meaning that we may begin to suffer from anxiety.

Social Media

Social Media has become a major influencer not only in ads and marketing, but also in the lives of young people. There is pressure to stay constantly connected with friends and to continually update their feeds and photos in order to fit in. While it can be a fun way to connect, it can also be dangerously addicting and lead to the aforementioned symptoms of loneliness and depression. Feeling of jealousy and loneliness can arise from overuse of social media as teenagers may think they are being left out of live events or feel inferior to others based on posts and photos.

How to Curb Digital Addiction

Many people don’t realize that they are addicted to their phones because it is so common for everyone else to be using them as well. However, if you notice that you can’t go a certain amount of time without checking social media or feeling if your phone is vibrating, there is a good chance that you are at least slightly addicted. One way to help your addiction is to pick a few hours every day that you put your phone away from you, unable to be touched or heard. You can also turn off push notifications so that you aren’t constantly being reminded of social media happenings. Instead of texting all the time, pick up the phone and actually call somebody. You’ll be able to have a conversation and won’t have the same distractions that come with staring at your cell phone the whole time.

Solstice East Can Help

If you feel that you or someone you know is suffering from smartphone addiction or exhibiting other addictive behaviors, visit Solstice East for help. Check out our website at https://solsticeeast.com for more information.