Research: Smartphones can cause symptoms similar to ADHD

Research: Smartphones can cause symptoms similar to ADHD

If you look at the cell phone during sex: smartphones cause symptoms similar to ADHD
In the course of a study, researchers from the United States and Canada found that smartphones can lead to symptoms similar to ADHD among their users. Some people can't even do without a cell phone during sex. Scientists also know how to deal with the problem.

Effects of intensive smartphone use
Around one million people in Germany are considered media-dependent. They are addicted to online games, cybersex portals or social networks. Research has shown that giving up a smartphone is worse than stopping alcohol for many. The impact of smartphones on their users has now also been included in a study by US and Canadian researchers. The experts found that people who use their cell phones particularly intensively show symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Study participants showed symptoms similar to ADHD
A study by the University of Virginia (USA) and the University of British Columbia (Canada) showed that particularly active smartphone users show symptoms similar to those of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). According to a press release from the University of Virginia, the researchers' research focused in particular on the effects of notifications, such as incoming e-mails, messaging services or social networks.

Inattention and hyperactivity
In order to get their results, 221 students were examined, who had to maximize all notifications for a week and who had to keep their cell phones ready. During the second week, the subjects had to turn off the notifications and stay away from their devices. According to the scientists, the study participants showed a significantly higher level of inattention and hyperactivity in the second week. They also showed some symptoms of ADHD such as fidgeting or restlessness. However, the researchers emphasized that they had no evidence that smartphones would cause ADHD.

Make cell phones silent and keep them out of reach
According to study author Kostadin Kushlev from the University of Virginia, studies showed that 95 percent of users would use their smartphone in company and seven out of ten people would use it at work. One in ten users would have even admitted that they could not resist looking at the screen during intercourse. In the press release, Kushlev also had important insights from the current study on how to address the problem: “We found that people can reduce the harmful effects of stimulus overload from smartphones by silencing their phones and, if possible, silencing them , not easily accessible. ”In the past, the junior professor of computer science at the University of Bonn, Alexander Markowetz, also discussed that a kind of digital diet can make sense for mobile phone users. Using an app, he evaluated the cell phone use of 60,000 people and came to the conclusion: "Smartphones make you addicted, unproductive and unhappy." (Ad)

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