Electronic gadget addiction among adolescents: Facts, impacts and measures to give up: A review article
Tanveer Gundagi and Dr. Raja Krishnan R
Children spend a lot of their time on electronic screens, overtime and habitual use of these electronic gadgets which later lead to psychological and physical dependency can lead to addiction later on. Addiction to electronic devices has become a growing habitual problem among children and adolescents. The electronic addiction is wide spread problem among adolescents.
Facts: Some of fascinating facts about electronic gadget addiction among American population are: 1) 26percent of accidents in American are linked with smartphone use. 26% of all car accidents in the US happen as the result of smartphone use. Compare camp reported that, over quarter of car accidents happen in USA is due to smartphone use while driving. Accordance to WHO, people use mobile phone are approximately four times more likely to be involved in accident than not using mobile 2) It show that teens in the US stare at a screen for 7 hours and 22 minutes a day. Younger children aged 8-12 spend an average of 4 hours and 44 minutes a day in front of screens. It is reported that people aged between 8 to 28 years spend 44.5 hours every week on electronic screen are most likely to have an addiction to electronic device. An average of 6 hours and 53 minutes spend on electronic device each day. This means that the world’s 5 billion internet users spend a combined total of more than 2 trillion minutes of screen time every single day.
Impacts of Electronic gadget Addiction: Electronic gadget addiction is growing problem in children and society which has marked negative impacts on physical, mental and social health of children immensely. The physical impacts include, Damaged Eyesight, Hearing disturbance, Drastic Brain Development, Obesity, Violence, Radiation Exposure, Sleep Deprivation, the emotions impacts: Damaged Eyesight, Hearing disturbance, Drastic Brain Development, Obesity, Violence, Radiation Exposure, Sleep Deprivation.
Conclusion: It was found that electronic gadget has detrimental impacts on Physical, mental, emotional development of children. Further interventional studies need to be carry out, to ensure abstinence from electronic gadget addiction.
Tanveer Gundagi, Dr. Raja Krishnan R. Electronic gadget addiction among adolescents: Facts, impacts and measures to give up: A review article. Int J Adv Psychiatric Nurs 2023;5(1):92-96. DOI: 10.33545/26641348.2023.v5.i1b.115