CAUSES IMBALANCE IN THE BRAIN
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.