Global Web Index questioned over 1,70,000 smartphone users in 32 countries each year. About 40,000 respondents participating in each semi-annual report. According to this report, 80% of adults are addicted to the use of smartphones. Men and women aged between 25 to 34 are included in the most likely age group to connect with a smartphone. Psychiatrists in many countries argue that addiction to smartphones is recognized as a psychological disorder.
Are you easily distracted by your smartphone? Difficult to part with? Are you constantly referring to the no particular reason? There are risks that you are hooked and you even need the help of a psychologist.
Singapore and Hong Kong hold the regional record for the most number of smartphone users per capita, according to a report published last year by the research firm Nielsen.87% of the 5.4 million Singaporeans are well equipped with a multifunction telephone, against 65% in the United States. They spend an average of 38 minutes per session on Facebook, almost twice as much as the Americans, according to reports of Experian company.
The addiction to the Internet should be classified as mental disorders, says Adrian Wang, a psychiatrist at Gleneagles Medical Centre. Patients come from stress-related disorders and anxiety, but I realize that their survival mechanism is to go online and go sailing on social networks, Said Adrian Wang.
STUDENT. The doctor mentioned the case of a 18 year old student whose symptoms were extreme. “He had not shaved, skinny, long hair had not showered in days. It looked like a homeless” in a country’s standard of living among the highest in the world said Mr. Wang told AFP.
Tan Hwee Sim, a psychiatrist at the clinic Mind Rezilienz Singapore, saw the symptoms of his young patients evolve over the years. Where once she treated subjects almost entirely addicted to video games, it is now home for Youth Consultation equally addicted to social networks and online videos.
On the physical level, more and more people are suffering from “text-neck” and “iNeck”, which refers, for example, neck pain due to poor posture when using mobile devices, says Tan Kian Hian the Singapore General Hospital.
In Asia, several countries have already opened treatment centers for young people “addicted” to the internet, including South Korea, China and Taiwan. In 2013, a study showed that 7% of the 50 million South Koreans are “high risk” of addiction to the internet. The percentage rose to nearly 20% in adolescents.
Trisha Lin, Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Technology warns against use at an early age of new technologies, which boosts the risk of developing an addiction, Symptoms of addiction. Inability to prevent surfing, anxiety when not on his smartphone itself, the loss of efficiency at work or in education, and the need to always check his phone.
Parents must imperatively avoid putting a smartphone or tablet in the hands of their young children to occupy or to silence them, warns Trisha Lin. “It’s like TV in the past with the babysitter, only worse, because if television was only at home, now you have screens with you everywhere.