The addiction Digital, whether it’s a cell phone, tablet or other electronic device, creates the same brain connections as opiates, also generating loneliness, isolation and depression, concludes a study carried out by scientists from San Francisco State University (USA). UU.) And that the magazine collects NeuroRegulation
A new investigation led by Erik Peper and Richard Harvey reveals that the excessive use of smart phones is similar to any other type of substance abuse .
“Addiction to the use of smartphones begins to form neurological connections in the brain in a way similar to how people who take Oxycodone experience it for pain relief, for example ” , explained Peper.
In addition to that, addiction to social networks can have a negative effect on the social connection. In a survey of 135 students of the state of San Francisco, Peper and Harvey found that students who used their phones more often reported higher levels of isolation, loneliness and anxiety.
They believe that loneliness is partly a consequence of replacing face-to-face interaction with a form of communication where body language and other signals can not be interpreted. They also resolved that these same students performed multiple tasks almost constantly while studying, looking at other media, eating or attending classes. This constant activity leaves little time for bodies and minds to relax and regenerate, and also leads to perform “semi-tasks”, that is, when we start doing two or more tasks at the same time, but really half of what it should be compared to if we concentrate on only one task at a time.
Not everything is negative. In the same way that we can train ourselves to eat less sugar, for example, we can also take the reins and train ourselves to be less addicted to our devices.