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Smartphones damage our mental health

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A study showed that teens who spent five or more hours a day online were 71% more likely than those who spent only one hour a day to have at least one suicide risk factor (depression, thinking about suicide, making a suicide plan or attempting suicide). Overall, suicide risk factors rose significantly after two or more hours a day of time online.
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Do you think smartphones affect mental health? Why do you say so?
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Excessive internet use has been linked to depression and anxiety for a while, the reverse has also been considered: perhaps people who are depressed spend more time online.
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Late-night smartphone use not only replaces sleep, the content stimulates the child’s brain and the light from the screen suppresses melatonin, making it more likely he or she will have trouble falling asleep even after the phone gets put away for the night.
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As kids and teens spend more time online, they spend less time with their friends and in nature. Unfortunately, “Feeling socially isolated is also one of the major risk factors for suicide.
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A study found excessive cell phone use may not be the cause of depression or anxiety, but it may be a symptom. People who overuse their cell phones may be exhibiting escapist behavior. Distracting yourself with the limitless information you can access via your phone can be a way to avoid addressing real-life problems, such as anxiety and depression.
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Even if your teen’s depression doesn’t lead to something as tragic as suicide, it doesn’t necessarily mean she’ll “grow out of it” or manage to heal herself. Depression isn’t imaginary and it’s not merely teenage drama.
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Mental health is as important as physical health; depression is something that can impact your child’s self-esteem, social life, and decision-making, and it could follow into adulthood.
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Our cell phones give us 24/7 access to social media, which can also play a role in depression. We find ourselves comparing our lives to what others post online, which is, of course, rarely the whole truth. This kind of comparison and envy does not have a positive effect on mental health.
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Research suggests when cell phone use becomes an addiction, the behavior becomes stressful. People addicted to using their cell phones probably feel compelled to check it and become stressed when this isn't possible, which feeds into mental health issues like anxiety and depression.
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People who already struggle with anxiety and depression are more likely to overuse their phones, or maybe overuse of cell phones can make people more prone to anxiety and depression.
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Smartphone addiction can be a major sleep disruption. A study found one in three smartphone users will wake up in the middle of the night and check their phones. That number is even higher for people ages 18 to 24.
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Smartphone addiction can be a major sleep disruption. A study found one in three smartphone users will wake up in the middle of the night and check their phones. That number is even higher for people ages 18 to 24.
Cell phone addiction can make creating a healthy sleep routine challenging to accomplish. You have to consciously decide to put the phone away while you are still awake.
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It’s not the smartphone, it’s the way people use it. The reality is, without the end user it’s just a gadget. Ultimately, it’s how you use it that defines it’s purpose.
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Every generation has some form of distraction. Before it was home computers and television. Now, its smartphones.
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For the past two months, I have made a rule where I don't check social media in my first hour of being awake. By using this rule, I find that most days, I actually forget to check my social media until the evening, thus giving me loads of extra time during the day to get work done. Try this simple trick and see if it helps!
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