Being addicted to your phone can lead to loneliness and this time even science is saying it

Updated on:20 January 2020, 19:12pm IST
Is cell phone your bae? Then congratulations as you might be a phone addict. And scientists don't have too many good things to say about you
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Smartphone addiction can make you a loner. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

If your phone is becoming the extended part of your body and you feel that living without your phone is next to impossible – then dear you are addicted to your cell phone. And not just us but study backs it too.    

According to a new study, students who use digital technology excessively are less motivated to engage with their studies and are more anxious about tests – the effects may be worsened by increased feelings of loneliness.

As part of the study, published in the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 285 students who had enrolled in health-related degree courses were assessed for their digital technology usage patterns, their anxiety, loneliness, study skills, and motivation.

The study reaffirms that phone and internet addiction can also impact your scores
The researchers, including those from Swansea University in the UK, found a negative relationship between internet addiction, and motivation to study. 

Students reporting more internet addiction, they said, found it harder to organise their learning productively, and were more anxious about upcoming tests. Internet addiction was also associated with loneliness which made study harder, the scientists reported.

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Staying glued to your smartphone is a kind of addiction called Nomophobia. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

“These results suggested that students with high levels of internet addiction may be particularly at risk from lower motivations to study, and hence, lower actual academic performance,” said study co-author Phil Reed from Swansea University.

Students spent more time on social media and less on information seeking
About one-fourth of the students said they spent over four hours a day online and the rest reported that they spent between one to three hours every day. 

Take this quiz to check your phone addiction quotient.

According to the study, students mainly used the internet for social networking (40%) and information seeking (30%).

“Internet addiction has been shown to impair a range of abilities such as impulse control, planning, and sensitivity to rewards,” said Roberto Truzoli, another co-author of the study from the University of Milan in Italy.

Too much usage of a mobile phone can make you unpopular socially
Loneliness, the scientists said, plays a large role in positive feelings about academic life in higher education. Poorer social interactions associated with internet addiction makes loneliness worse, further impacting the motivation to engage in a highly social educational environment such as a university, the researchers noted.

Also, read: 3 rock-solid reasons why you need to stop checking your phone first thing in the morning

“Before we continue down a route of increasing digitisation of our academic environments, we have to pause to consider if this is actually going to bring about the results we want. This strategy might offer some opportunities, but it also contains risks that have not yet been fully assessed,”

Now you’ve read it and even the researchers are saying it out loud that it’s time for some social detox. So, let’s do it.  

With inputs from PTI

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