SMART­PHONE AD­DIC­TION

CAUSES IM­BAL­ANCE IN THE BRAIN

The Gulf Today - Panorama - - Have You Heard? -

Peo­ple’s smart­phone ad­dic­tion could be caus­ing an im­por­tant im­bal­ance in the brain, ac­cord­ing to a new study. The re­search looked at peo­ple who were tied to their phone and the in­ter­net.

And it found that it ap­peared to be do­ing dam­age to the way their brain works, caus­ing chem­i­cal un­bal­ances that could cause se­vere anx­i­ety and tired­ness. Peo­ple who de­scribed them­selves as be­ing ad­dicted to their phone were put through a test known as an MRS, which looks at the chem­i­cal make-up of peo­ple’s brains. They mea­sured lev­els of gamma aminobu­tyric acid (GABA), a chem­i­cal that slows down sig­nals in the brain.

It found that the ra­tio of GABA to an­other im­por­tant neu­ro­trans­mit­ter was off in peo­ple who had been di­ag­nosed with in­ter­net and smart­phone ad­dic­tion. That could be hav­ing deep ef­fects on the way their brain works, the re­searchers said. The changes in the brain could also be linked to prob­lems with pro­cess­ing in­for­ma­tion and emo­tions, ac­cord­ing to Hyung Suk Seo, the Korea Univer­sity pro­fes­sor who car­ried out the re­search.

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