There are many people today that feel absolutely lost without having their smart phone close at hand. Having access to this type of technology close can be a massive convenience but there are a number of people that are starting to recognize the signs of addiction in themselves with their smart phone devices too.

With the average child picking up their first smart phone at 10 to 12 years of age, it doesn’t take long before we start getting dependent on this technology. In some recent studies conducted on teenage smart phone use, teenagers became heavily dependent on their phones also had an increased chance for a diagnosis of disorders like anxiety or depression.

Heavy smart phone use could be an addiction that changes brain chemistry:

Researchers completed a study at Korea University in Seoul with brain scans of teenaged participants, some of which had extensive smart phone addictions. Out of the addicted group of participants, brain scans showed that teenagers that had been classified as addicted to their smart phones had elevated levels of GABA. These teens also had higher testing scores with their levels of impulsivity, insomnia severity, anxiety and depression over teens in the control group.

These findings could be especially groundbreaking as a recent common sense media survey suggested that 50% of teens feel as though they have experienced addictive symptoms with their mobile devices. With nearly 70% of adults and almost 80% of teens checking their smart phones at least once hourly, the fact that our smart phone could be changing our brain chemistry represents a very real threat that smart phone addiction could be on the rise.