Is Smartphone Addiction Causing Depression?

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Ever since smartphones have become a big part of our daily lives, scientists and healthcare providers have been concerned about excessive usage and the levels of electromagnetic frequencies or EMFs that our smartphones emit. We are constantly warned that the frequency vibrations from smartphones affect brainwaves, and in effect, the function of our emotional well-being.

New data from Korea University in Seoul, South Korea that was presented by the Radiology Society of North America reflects that over-usage of smartphones and the internet creates chemical imbalance in the brain. This can result in anxiety and depression.

For most of us, it’s impossible to live without a smartphone. The convenience it gives – allowing us to access the internet and keep in touch with the world in a quick touch or swipe is incomparable.

However, there’s still that growing concern that young people especially, are spending too much time on their phones instead of interacting with other human beings. This leads many to question the long-term effects of this “smartphone lifestyle” and the kind of generation that will result in the future.

In the study conducted, teenagers who were found to be addicted to technology had higher levels of anxiety, depression, and insomnia.  On a positive note, there are effective therapies that can help with anxiety and depression that are caused by excessive smartphone use and exposure to EMF.  The addicted teenagers in the study who received cognitive therapy did show a significant improvement and their brains normalized.

It should also be noted that a child’s brain can absorb up to 10 times more EMF pollution than adults. This puts them at a much higher risk for the detrimental effects of EMF exposure from technology. Remember – the younger your child is, the higher the risk.

If you cannot completely ban it, limit your child’s use of smartphones. Turn your phone off when you’re not using it and keep it out of the room when it’s time to sleep. Make sure that your kids take breaks from the internet and their smartphones. Encourage them to play real games with their friends! Physical activities and time spent outdoors in nature can help offset the negative effects of EMF exposure.

If you feel like the excessive use of a smartphone has already put your child at risk of anxiety and depression, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at Sloan Natural Health Center. We can help you and your child deal with these mental health concerns naturally.