Always consult a doctor before undergoing treatment of any kind. The author of this article is not a doctor so if you decide to undertake the treatment described in this article, do so at your own risk.
What is Smartphone Addiction?
If you have a fear of not being able to use your smartphone, you’re not alone. Today, there’s even a diagnosis for this problem called nomophobia. But don’t get hung up on names and labels for a diagnosis. If you really want to get past your addiction (or a phobia of not being able to use your phone), it’s possible to do so without ever viewing yourself as someone with a phobia.
Smartphones offer an app for just about everything. As a result, they’ve managed to become tightly woven into every aspect of our lives. The portability of the device has made it into a source of entertainment and a diversion that’s constantly available during periods of time during the day when people would normally stare off into space, make eye contact with other human beings, or just think. Though this post specifically discusses smartphone usage, tablet usage essentially falls into the same category in terms of addiction.
Addiction to smartphones and social media is no small thing. It takes a toll on romantic and familial relationships and it has a negative impact on society as a whole.
Smartphone Addiction in Teens
Smartphones affect teenagers differently than they affect adults. The excessive use of smartphones during the formative teenage years is much more serious than smartphone addiction that takes shape in adulthood. About 50% of teens believe they’re addicted to their smartphone. But 59% of parents think their kids are addicted to their mobile devices.
If you are the parent of a teenager with a smartphone addiction, the supplements we discuss in this document may help your teen get control over their usage. As a parent, you’ll have to help your teen create limits on their usage, but by correcting nutritional deficiencies you can reduce the likelihood that your teen will develop severe depression as they develop new smartphone and social media habits.
Smartphones as a Dangerous Distraction
It’s important to acknowledge that smartphones are a dangerous source of distraction while driving. Smartphone addiction can be fatal just like substance abuse.
- According to the National Safety Council, about 1.1 million car accidents annually were caused by smartphone usage while driving.
- About 26% of all car accidents in the U.S. were caused by the use of smartphones.
- In 2018, 2,841 people were killed as a result of distracted driving in the U.S.
- 11 teenagers die every day from distracted driving caused by smartphone use.
Overcoming smartphone addiction can literally save your life!
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