Smart­phones cause de­pres­sion

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - S MASHYYA MOIN MADANI

Smart­phones are very pop­u­lar nowa­days and we see them in ev­ery­body’s hand. Some peo­ple are play­ing games over them while oth­ers are surf­ing net and spend­ing time over so­cial me­dia like Tweeter, Face­book, Whats-app and a lot more. A study was con­ducted in Illi­nois in the Univer­sity of North­west­ern which con­cluded that the in­creased use of Smart­phones causes de­pres­sion. The study re­vealed that peo­ple who work an hour daily over their smart­phone are more likely to be suf­fer­ing from de­pres­sion. It mean the more time on smart­phone, the more chances of de­vel­op­ing de­pres­sion in the per­son. Whereas those who were free of de­pres­sion were those who were not ob­sessed by these smart­phones and used these gad­gets oc­ca­sion­ally. Say for less than 17 min­utes a day. The data was taken from the in­di­vid­ual smart­phones and the min­utes they spent on their smart­phones and their so­cial ac­tiv­i­ties. The study in­ter­viewed 28 peo­ple with an av­er­age age of 28 years and these peo­ple were also asked to in­stall a pur­ple ro­bot apps which could help the sci­en­tists to get re­quired data for two weeks. The ap­pli­ca­tion used for this pur­pose has ac­cu­racy chances of 87%.

GPS sys­tem made the sci­en­tists to track the peo­ple about their ac­tiv­i­ties. The de­pressed peo­ple were cut off from their so­cial life and aban­doned go­ing out of home. Such peo­ple try to re­main away from peo­ple, they even avoid to think about their pains, bad events and trou­bles in their life. They lose mo­ti­va­tion and con­trol on their prob­lems which cause trou­ble in their lives. So con­clu­sion of re­search was that use of smart­phones is dis­turb­ing our so­cial life struc­ture and how we be­have with our prob­lems. Hence, more use may put bad im­pact on our health and may cre­ate de­pres­sion.

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