Giving Your Kid A Smartphone Is “Like Giving Them Drugs,” Says Top Addiction Therapist
Published in Feb 2020 / Updated in Feb 2021
After a growing concern of smartphone addiction among children, therapists now claim tablets and mobile phones have similar effects to drugs. According to the expert, giving your kid a smartphone is like giving them drugs.
Millions of people spend most parts of their days scrolling through the news feed, hoping to find something “catchy” on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter.
Well, this “routine” may be addictive as drugs and alcohol, and “coming off” these devices may cause similar withdrawal symptoms.
Professor Jennifer Ihm from Kwangwoon University in Korea released a new study based on smartphone addiction. The study involved 2,000 12-year-olds.
The professor explains that smartphone addiction may affect kid’s psychological and physical health and academic performance at school.
Recent statistics confirm that over 50 percent of teenagers are addicted to their smartphones, and they’re well aware of it. In fact, around 84 percent of these teens admit they wouldn’t be able to go the whole day without their phones.
And this can lead to depression, anxiety, neck/wrist pain, sleep disorders and feelings of insecurity.
Signs of Smartphone Addiction
Someone addicted to smartphone keeps checking their phone for no apparent reason, and if they spend time away from these devices, they become anxious.
This effect is similar to any other form of addiction. Victims may deal with anger, depression, tension, and restlessness.
Parents Mostly Lead Their Children’s Smartphone Addiction
According to Paediatrics Child Health, parents set the biggest example for their kids. They can prevent this addiction by avoiding using phones all the time.
If your kid doesn’t see you holding your phone all the time, it’ll set a perfect example.
Don’t use your phones during meals or at any important family event. Find creative hobbies instead of chatting and surfing.
Smartphones and Tablets Can Cause Mental Health Issues in Two-Year-Olds
According to a study by Professors Jean Twenge and Keith Campbell from San Diego State University, the time spent on social media or watching videos actually affects kids’ emotional well-being.
About half of the kids who use smartphones for more than 2 hours lose their temper and can’t calm down easily.
Screens Also Cause Behavioral Issues
Spending about four hours a day glued to the screen makes teenagers argumentative and anxious.
Limit Time Spent on Screens
Children under the age of 5 should use smartphones for less than an hour. School-aged children and teens can use their phones for two hours.
Smartphones do more harm than good. Though these modern devices help us get in touch with our friends and family faster and effortlessly, overusing them may negatively impact our lives.