Smartphone Addiction

What Is Smartphone Addiction?

Today, it is typical to see someone staring at their smartphone, endlessly scrolling. Recent research suggests:

  • Up to 25% of children and young adults experience problematic smartphone use or smartphone addiction.
  • Average smartphone usage sits at 3-6+ hours a day and, according to Pew Research, 46% of US adults say they could not live without their smartphone.
  • 8-12% of smartphone users met the criteria for addicted use, according to a 2014 study, in partnership with AT&T.
Smartphones have become a necessity but operate like a small slot machine, doling out rewards in the form of desired content, social media updates, messages, news, and information. Each time someone receives something they like, a small amount of dopamine hits their brain, but what makes smartphones even more addictive is the notification feature.
Notifications tell the brain that a reward may waiting for them, and this “maybe factor” creates an addictive pattern in the brain where the expectation of seeing something the person might like resembles what happens when anticipating winning on a slot machine. It’s that anticipation that keeps their eyes glued to screens for hours each day.

Learn more about:

Video Game Addiction

Technology Addiction

Smart Phone Addiction

Social Media Addiction

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About Process Addiction Disorders

Process addiction disorders are extreme or compulsive forms of a behavior that the individual is unable or is unwilling to stop despite the legal, financial, family, or other consequences. Activities that fall into process addiction are ones that people engage in every day, such as shopping, gambling, exercise, eating, or sex. These non-substance related activities can lead to mental or physical health issues that arise, especially for those that can’t stop without treatment. The Lifeskills clinical team is highly trained in process addiction treatment and creates a customized plan for each individual depending on their needs and willingness to engage in treatment.
Interested in learning more about Lifeskills’ treatment for smartphone addiction? Call 866.321.9430 to speak with our admissions team or fill out our contact form.
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