These days, a smartphone has become an object of supreme importance. Whether we talk about children, adults or elderly, it won’ be wrong to say that 99% population today owns a cellphone. And out of those owning a mobile phone, most of the population is addicted to their smart phones.
They are just hooked on to their phone almost all the day which is making them moody and hampering their concentration levels. More surprising is the fact that this addiction is not confined to youngsters only. Children and elderly have also equally fallen into this trap. While we boast about owing expensive smartphones with most technologically advanced features, not many of us have realized the flip side of it. As we are making our phones smarter, these smarter phones are making us more and more dull and moronic. Does that sound strange to you? Or funny? But its neither of them. There are statistics to show that millions of people with excessive mobile phone addiction are showing signs and symptoms of depression.
Following are 10 facts why phone addiction leads to depression
- Making and attending calls is the primary function of a phone. While its use should be restricted to important talks, many people spend hours talking to their distant friends and relatives. While they are connecting with the far ones, they are also reducing their time to connect with the near ones. It could make relations vulnerable and with time, almost non-existent. Eventually, a time comes when you have nobody to actually sit with you to share your joys, sorrows, worries and fears. This could make you depressed.
- These phones take you somewhat away from real life, and hence tacking on it most of the time may seem to be a good way to escape from real life. It could give you a feeling of living in a virtual world and hence away from your actual life. This behavior of avoidance is a common symptom of depression.
- Memory of our phone has replaced the memory of our brain. We are forgetting important events since our reminder does that for us. We are forgetting contact numbers as our phone book remembers them for us. Are we forgetting that we humans control gadgets rather than gadgets controlling us?
- Constant urge to check updates even during night hours leads to an improper sleep. As a result of which, next day goes bad and this process gets repeated unendingly.
- Those who are tempted to check their phone every 10 or 15 minutes are unable to concentrate even on something extremely important which goes on for about an hour or so. It could be an important lesson or a meeting. They would not be able to pay attention to what’s happening around them, rather thinking only about their cellphone. This inability to concentrate is a sign of depression.
- Children and youngsters recklessly play games on smartphones and the trend of playing outdoors or with toys and objects is vanishing away. This leads to obesity and other health problems, also making children dumb.
- Many people use mobile phone as a mood elevator every now and then. This itself reflects that they are moody and depressed, looking our for ways to uplift their mood. However, a cellphone is surely not a good way of doing it.
- Paying more attention to phone instead of people is ruining relationships big time. Depression occurs and worsens when we don’t have close people around us.
- Most of the time people spend with their handset goes in doing things that are of little use. Riffling through instagram images, checking out unknown profiles, watching useless videos, playing candy crush and so on. This time could rather be utilized in doing something fruitful such as exercising, cleaning, cooking, walking or may be reading a good book. Hence, clinging unnecessary to a mobile phone is nothing more than a sheer waste of time and energy for nothing.
- The mere thought of losing your phone makes addicted people scared and insecure. Known as nomophobia, it is the fear of having to live without a mobile phone. The fact itself that people feel scared and insecure about losing their phone says a lot about them being at a high risk of anxiety and depression.