Friday, April 28, 2017

Have you gone from phone obsession to addiction?

Larry Rosen, PhD, professor emeritus at Cal State Dominguez Hills,, is a technology addiction expert. For 30 yrs, he has studied the impact of technology on 50,000 children, teens, and adults worldwide.

He says--get this--the average person checks his or her phone 60 times a day--for a total of four hours!

Addiction becomes a serious problem when you need more, more, ever more--games, apps, social sites, vibrations, texts..

When you are not on the phone, are you thinking about being on?

Video gaming is already poised to become a formal addiction under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

What is the difference between obsession and addiction? Obsession is an anxiety-based issue--your brain and other organs are releasing chemicals such as adrenaline and cortisol that make you feel anxious--the brain says do the activity, checking the phone, that gets rid of those chemicals.

Addiction is the need to do an activity to release pleasure chemicals, such as dopamine and serotonin.

Some people feel pocket vibrations even when the phone is not in their pocket.

Such motivations can lead to loss of relationships, jobs, and grades.

Parents, he notes, are terrible role models on this subject--and often hand their children a phone in a restaurant or before bed.

There must be a better app for those occasions...LOL.

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