Most of us are aware that our smartphone use is making us depressed – anxious – narcissistic – lonely and insecure.
In fact you’ve probably read news stories about it on your phone because despite the many risks we’re becoming increasingly reliant – even addicted – to them – according to reports.
Earlier this year major Apple investors – with $2bn (£1.43bn) of the company’s stock between them – called on the company to develop ‘digital locks’ to limit the time children spend on their iPhones.
Smartphone addiction is so widely accepted that there’s even a name for the fear of being phoneless – nomophobia – and specific treatment centres to help us detach from technology.
The argument for addiction involves how our brain is constantly reacting to phone notifications throughout the day.
Dopamine reward centres in our brain are the same areas involved when we eat – have sex – drink alcohol and ingest drugs..