The report says that long-term use of a smartphone can lead to suicidal thoughts

by admin, Monday, 16 May 2022 (3 months ago)

Recently, Sapien Laboratories released a new report that caused a huge stir on the internet. According to the researchers who conducted the research, the use of smartphones could be responsible for a continuous decrease in the mental health of young adults between 18-24 years old.

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In the report, we can read that before the Internet, adults before the age of 18 usually spent “15,000 to 25,000 hours interacting with peers and family.” However, after the internet, this number equates to 1,500 – 5,000 hours.

[We wrote about it back in 2017.]

Tara Thiagarajan, chief scientist at Sapien Laboratories, sees serious problems behind these numbers. According to him, reducing social interaction does not allow people to learn important skills. These include reading facial expressions, body language, touch, appropriate emotional responses, and conflict resolution. As a result, people who lack these skills may end up detached from society and feel suicidal.

In terms of scientific basis, the researchers collected data in 34 countries. Interestingly, the researchers did not include data during and after the pandemic in the research. Looking at the data received, we can see that the decline began after 2010. This is the year that smartphones became affordable. Unsurprisingly, before this date, young adults had the highest levels of psychological well-being. Since 2010, the trend has fallen.

How to find out if long-term smartphone use affects health

The best way to find out if someone around you is suffering from long-term smartphone use is to check for the following symptoms:

  • Obsessive, strange or unwanted thoughts
  • Self-image, self-esteem and self-confidence
  • Feelings of alienation from reality
  • Relationships with others
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Fear and anxiety
  • Feelings of sadness, anxiety or despair.

The newspaper’s author also said: “The data show that people now spend 7-10 hours on the internet. This leaves little time for personal social commitment. This underscores the magnitude and nature of the challenges of social isolation and digital interaction to the detriment of personal social interaction. “

The above symptoms say in the report, “they indicate a decline of the Social Self, a complex measurement of the way we see ourselves and are able to form and maintain relationships – essentially a view of how an individual integrates into the social fabric. . This constellation of symptoms that dominates the mental profile of young adults does not correspond to any single disorder as defined by the DSM (which is the standard classification system for mental disorders used by mental health professionals in the United States).

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PhoneArena also recommends checking ourselves for how long we use our smartphone a day. There are some easy ways to check it out.

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