Staring at ‘addictive’ smartphones for too long can contribute to stress, depression and insomnia, a new study has revealed.
Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, has warned the users to restrict their phone time as it can ‘numb the senses’.
“Staring at screens constantly takes you away from people and gives you a passive outlet where you don”t have to interact with the world or face your problems,” the Sun quoted Cooper as saying.
“Like television, the light draws you in and numbs your senses. It’s the exercise equivalent of treading water and can be both addictive and destructive in the way it occupies your mind without actually stimulating it.”
A survey conducted by pharmaceutical firm Bayer revealed that 28 per cent of women blamed smartphones such as iPhones and Blackberrys for ruining their sex lives.
Fanatically checking Facebook and emails can also lead to same kind of problems.
“Computer technologies can be addictive because they’re psychoactive — they alter mood and often trigger enjoyable feelings.”
“Being subjected to constant data smog or information overload presents the real risk of ignoring or forgetting the information you do need and being less in control of your life as a result.”
“Like using the elevator rather than the stairs simply because it seems easier, not using your brain to perform key cognitive and social functions can have a huge impact on emotional health,” he added.