Giving your Child a Smartphone is “Like Giving Them Drugs” Says Top Addiction Expert

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Just like being addicted to drugs, smartphones can have a similar effect. If someone gives a phone to a kid, they may soon get addicted to it. Therapists in the UK agree on this topic after acknowledging that teens are getting more and more addicted to their smartphones.

Social media, such as Facebook and Instagram, are the primary source of fun for thousands of people around the world. They spend a lot of time expecting to see something exciting and new. If people try to escape from this habit, they may experience withdrawal symptoms, similar to ones attached to drugs and alcohol.

People should consider this a dangerous situation.

A smartphone addiction study has been released in which professor Jennifer Ihm from the Kwangwoon University in Korea examined 2,000 12-year olds. Professor Jennifer Ihm concluded that children could experience difficulties at school, and it can affect their physical and psychological health.

More than half the adolescents use their phone frequently.

This trend is becoming more and more popular among teenagers and adolescents. The only good thing is that they are becoming aware of the situation. Almost all of the teenagers claim that they cannot spend a day without scrolling down the news feed. 

People addicted to smartphones may feel depressed, anxious, insecure, neck pain, and it can affect the sleeping process.

How does an addicted person look?

They can get easily anxious if they are not checking their phoneregularly, for any apparent reason. It can affect many peoples’ academic achievements, as their sleeping cycle is disordered. More often, they check their phones in the middle of the night when they should be sleeping.

Like other addictions, this one is treated the same, and the affected fight with depression, anger, tension and insomnia.

The parents are leading the children.

Children copy their parents’ behavior, as they are the best example in their early childhood, says the journal Paediatrics Child Health. Parents should avoid using their smartphone throughout the day to prevent this addiction amongst children. In this case, kids won’t see their parents holding their phone. Also, parents will set a good example if they don’t use their phone during meals.

Little children’s mental health is in danger.

Another example of the adverse effects of smartphones on children is a study in which professors Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell from San Diego State University observed 40,000 kids in the US. The final results showed that their emotional and behavioral health is being affected, as they spend too much time watching videos or scrolling down on social media.

More than half of the children can’t control their temper and feel frustrated quickly when they spend 2 hours or more on phones. Children between 2-5 years are more vulnerable to the effects of smartphones.

Children can experience behavioral changes.

Having their face stuck above the screens, children and adolescents can feel behavioral issues. They can become anxious and argumentative; they will no longer be interested in learning new things. The lack of interpersonal communication will make them less sociable.

Reduce screen time

Parents should permit using smartphones for an hour a day if their children are under the age of 5. Teens and school-aged children shouldn’t spend more than 2 hours a day on their phones.

Modern technology and smartphones cause more damage than we think. Sadly, more and more parents don’t see that. Smartphones can help us get instant information and can bring us “closer” to our family, friends and loved ones, but spending a lot of time on these devices can and will affect your well-being. Try to interact more with your children and put your smartphones far away from them. This will make you and your children happier and healthier.

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