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A quarter of youth suffer from smartphone addiction

A quarter of youth suffer from smartphone addiction

A quarter of young people worldwide are so dependent on their smartphones that they start to panic when the smartphone is not around. According to many earlier researches, 10 to 30 percent of children and young people use their smartphones very poorly. This has been revealed in a recent research. According to researchers from the UK’s King’s College of London, 23 per cent of the youth are facing problems with probabilistic smartphone usage (PSU). PSU is a smartphone-related behavior that shows signs of addiction. These include feeling nervous and restless and upset when the phone is not around. People suffering from this problem are unable to control their phone usage time. Such people mostly use phones for recreational activities. Girls are more likely to have PSU: This research published in the journal BMC Psychiatry examines the symptoms of PSU in children and young people for the first time.

A quarter of young people worldwide are so dependent on their smartphones that they start to panic when the smartphone is not around.

A quarter of youth suffer from smartphone addiction
A quarter of youth suffer from smartphone addiction

This research analyzes 41 previous researches and uses data from 41,871 children and youth. Of the 41 researches, 30 have been conducted in Asia, nine in Europe and two in the US. 55% of the participants were women. Research found that girls between the ages of 17 and 19 were more likely to have a PSU. Researchers also examined the relationship between smartphone use and mental health in this manner. During this period it was found that those who had PSU problems showed poor mood, nervousness, irritability, poor sleep and poor performance at educational level. Researcher Ben Carter said, “Our research shows that excessive and improper use of smartphones is having a bad effect on mental health.” Efforts are continuing to make large-scale efforts to tackle this problem. Researcher Samantha Son said, “To check whether a PSU is a practical addiction or not, it is necessary to check the PSU and its health side effects. At the same time, it will have to be raised that people struggling with PSUs struggle hard to reduce their smartphone usage.

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