What is Phone & Media Addiction
Phone and media addictions are cases of dependency in which a person spends significant time on their smartphones or social media despite this resulting in health issues. In such cases the relation to smartphones becomes problematic and the need to use them becomes compulsive which can interfere with one's life.
The major factor that contributes to this type of addiction is the escape that these technologies provide. A person on social media can receive an unnatural amount of attention from strangers through likes, comments and other interactions which can trigger the release of dopamine.
People with social anxiety, who might avoid real-life interactions, can anonymously share their thoughts and emotions on social media. Yet with the increase of time this individual spends in isolation can increase their mental and psychological issues. Prolonged use of smartphones has proven to cause posture issues as well as eye strains.
The dynamics of social media has also proven to cause some harm to psychological health especially for children and teens. Additionally, such addictions can increase the chance of a person using their phones in inappropriate situations which can have negative consequences especially if a person uses their smartphone when driving.
Phone & Media Addiction is a term used to describe a physical, psychological and or emotional dependency to phones or any other type of media. Phone & Media Addiction presents itself in many different forms, the most common of which is the dependency on gambling, gaming, social media, smartphones, digital media, and many more. Its roots are located predominantly in stress and anxiety disorders, and addictive behaviours serve as a temporary relief to these symptoms. Eventually, addiction causes an often-devastating impact on all areas of life, resulting in chronic health conditions, poor social engagement, isolation, work problems, family and relationship breakdown, a chaotic lifestyle, debt or financial problems.
Phone & Media Addiction can develop quickly or over a long period. The person loses control and the ability to stop when they had planned to. The behaviour begins to control and manipulate a person’s life. People are often referred to as being an ‘addict’ and having an ‘addiction’ once this pattern of behaviour has taken root. In its most chronic state, the addicts’ main purpose, function and desire are to ‘feed’ the addiction. This cultivates an endless cycle of unhealthy behaviour which triggers an overwhelming sense to ‘use more, more frequently’ to feel satisfied. This ‘using’ behaviour becomes the only means of pleasure or ‘escape’ for the addict.
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