Are Teenagers addicted to their phones?

Or Do We like to Think They Are?We all have that one kid in our family or in our friends’ group who is always using their phone all the damn time. Chances are you’ve once told them “why are you always on your phone?”. While without a doubt phones are a problem to our own mental health and to our sanity.

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Nowadays we see headlines everywhere telling us that 1 out of 4 adolescents are addicted to their smartphones. And we have no other choice but to believe them. Moreover, scientific findings assert that 23% of kids are using their phones in a very unhealthy and troublesome way. A press release even contented that the usage of phone was accompanied with consistent behavioral addiction. The study also found that kids who use their phones in a problematic way are three times more at risk in developing depression, insomnia, and anxiety. So, the narrative is inescapable, phones do indeed cause mental health issues to teens and even adults. Nevertheless, we should not get all freaked out at the sight of one person using their phone consistently. You may have a sibling, a friend, or a partner that are always attached to their smartphones, yet that’s not a legit reason to be alarmed.

Scientists are still debating over the validity of such scientific findings; it is still unclear whether anyone can get addicted to their phones or playing video games. Some observers presume it is feasible, while others utterly disagree and contend that the term addiction in this context is a misnomer. That being said, are teens addicted to their phones- or we’d like to think they are? Inquirers in this field have inspected and analyzed a research paper including 41 studies that allude to the effects of phone use. They found that this study doesn’t not directly shed light on this rather complex question, however, it does affirm that teens use their phones jolly a lot. Researchers have assessed people’s behavior by preparing a set of different questions that might indicate high levels of phone usage, without it indicating any compulsive or pathological mental condition. Questions accentuated the time people spent using their phone, whether or not they went beyond what they intend, whether they missed school or work because of it, or maybe were told by a loved one to stop using the phone so much.

Forthermore another study done by exeter university shows that older adults who regularly do crosswords and similar games such as word games have sharper brains that are 10 years younger. There are a lot of linguistic benefits that this kind of word games can provide with all its types.

Now, can this study exactly identify and answer this philosophical question? Maybe let’s alter the term “phone” with “book” and see how the exact same situation is perceived but this time it is a different kind of addiction. A bookaholic who enjoys reading books an awful lot and answers yes to the questions, yet we’d view them as passionate readers. In this respect, why wasn’t the keen reader called an addict? Just because it is reading a book and the other one is using a smartphone. The question reiterates itself, are teenagers addicted to their phones or we’d like to think they are?

doesn’t give a straight answer, but it does suggest that there are some extreme cases of teens who use their phone to play video to the point where they won’t stop to even wash themselves or leave the house. But the study doesn’t cite the number of such disturbing states, which goes to say that everything is still debatable. So, what do you think? Do we tend to force our own ideologies about what is and is not just because it doesn’t appeal to us? Let us know down in the comments below.