There has always been suspicion about the negative consequences of smartphones and too much Internet use, and South Korean researchers have recently conducted a study to prove this case. The study found that smartphone and Internet addicted people had chemical imbalances that were similar to those that suffer from depression and anxiety.
As technology has advanced, access to the Internet has become as easy as ever. People use their smartphone in almost every facet of their life. The research showed that those addicted to their smartphone had a high level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA.) This neurotransmitter is found in every human being’s brain. The problem is that too much of it can have severe negative mental effects.
Many people may wonder if they themselves have a chemical imbalance due to excesses use of their smartphone and the Internet. That question can best be answered by themselves. If a person’s Internet use is having an impact on their everyday life such as losing sleep and not interacting with friends and family, then there may be a problem. If there are no problems created from their Internet use, then chances are that they are completely fine and should not worry about anything.
Those that are suffering from a chemical imbalance due to their smartphone use will be glad to know that their condition is reversible. During the study, 12 teens that were noted as addicted to their smartphones underwent cognitive behavioral therapy for nine months. During their therapy, emphasis was placed on alternative activities that they could participate in instead of using their smartphone. The teens were also taught to recognize any sudden Internet impulses that they felt and how to deal with it. There was also mind exercises to help them cope with the major change in their life. Experts believe that during their study this was the most interesting and important finding for them. They are glad to know that no matter what the GABA level is in a person’s brain, with proper intervention, it could be brought down to a normal level. They also noted that a larger study will have to be conducted on the subject for better findings. There were 38 teenagers that participated in this study, and half of the teenagers suffered from a high level of GABA.