Is Our Addiction Killing Us?

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<ul><li><p>IS OUR ADDICTION KILLING US? </p><p>PhotoFromPexels.PublicDomain-NoAttributionRequired</p><p>By Valerie Khordoc</p></li><li><p>50% of teens and 27% of parents feel they're addicted to </p><p>their mobile devices[1]</p></li><li><p>A survey reaching ages 18-24 showed that</p><p>77% Reach for their phone when nothing is </p><p>occupying their attention</p><p>52% Check their phone at least every 30 </p><p>minutes [2]</p></li><li><p>The overuse of our mobile devices is causing a host of issues affecting our everyday lives</p><p>PhotoFromFlickr.By:CAFNR</p></li><li><p>1</p><p>Children and teenagers suffering from cellphone addictions could experience negative implications on their brain development and mental health</p><p>BRAIN DEVELOPMENT </p><p>[3]</p></li><li><p>Teens who are addicted to their smartphone and the internet tend to experience</p><p>Decreased brain connectivity</p><p>Increased consumption of alcohol</p><p>poor dietary habits</p><p>social loneliness</p><p>[4]</p><p>[5]</p><p>[5]</p><p>[6]</p></li><li><p>Teens become dependent on rewards associated with the internetor cell phone instead of natural rewards such as spending time with friends and family, getting good grades, or partaking in hobbies. [7]</p><p>PhotofromFlickr.By:Dillnbar</p></li><li><p>Poor self-rated mental health</p><p>Psychological distressSuicidal ideation </p><p>Unmet need for mental health support</p><p>AS A RESULT OF THIS ADDICTION teens who spend 2+ hours on social media a day may experience:</p><p>[8]</p></li><li><p>2</p><p>Injuries involving walking and using a cell phone more than doubled between 2005 and 2010</p><p>TEXTING AND WALKING </p><p>[9]</p></li><li><p>1 in 3 pedestrians are distracted by a mobile device as they cross high-risk intersections. [9]</p><p>PhotoFromPixabay.By:Jeshoots</p></li><li><p>Texting should be done in a standstill position or sitting down. Most accidents can be </p><p>prevented if cellphone users simply backed off their phones when </p><p>walking.</p><p>But it can easily be prevented</p><p>[10]</p><p>PhotoBy:JulianaThanson Photography</p></li><li><p>3</p><p>Everyday, 11 teenagers die because they were texting and driving</p><p>TEXTING AND DRIVING</p><p>[11]</p></li><li><p>64% of all road accidents in the U.S. are linked to cellphone use[11]</p><p>PhotoFrom:Pixabay.By:ReynaldoDallin</p></li><li><p>64% of all road accidents in the U.S. are linked to cellphone use</p><p>25% of teens respond to at least one text while driving, every single time.[11]</p><p>PhotoFrom:Pixabay.PublicDomain-NoAttributionRequired</p></li><li><p>Texting while driving is an </p><p>epidemic, andit must be </p><p>cured before it is too late to do anything about it. [11]</p></li><li><p>Teens who use their cellphones after "lights out" may be at increased risk for mental health problems </p><p>4CELLPHONE USE BEFORE BED</p><p>[12]</p></li><li><p>Teens who frequently used their cellphonesafter going to bed are more likely to have suicidalthoughts, and to have harmedthemselves [12]</p><p>PhotoFrom:Pexels.PublicDomain-NoAttributionRequired</p></li><li><p>Researchers agree that </p><p>cellphonesshould be </p><p>taken out of bedrooms</p><p>for the sake of our children's </p><p>health [12]</p></li><li><p>ULTIMATELY,</p><p>Its like a drug. People are addicted to it.</p><p>it comes down to some amount of personal responsibility</p><p>[9]</p><p>[9]</p></li><li><p>Ill look around and everyone is doing something different on their device</p><p>We need to take action </p><p>and stop the addiction</p><p>- Andrea Tomkins, in the Globe &amp; MailPhotoFrom:Pexels.By:AdriannaCalvo</p></li><li><p>No one is saying toss the phone in the </p><p>garbage,</p><p>They are saying </p><p>limit it [8]</p></li><li><p>ReferencesK. Wallace, "Half of teens think they're addicted to their smartphones," 19 July 2016. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 1 March 2017]. </p><p>[3]</p><p>[2]</p><p>[1]</p><p>S. Krashinsky, "Attention spans in a digital world," 11 May 2015. [Online]. Available:;sw=w&amp;u=queensulaw&amp;v=2.1&amp;id=GALE%7CA412984387&amp;it=r&amp;asid=dafa6b11463bed4fd55f288c92d25c0c. [Accessed 28 February 2017]. </p><p>8 April 2015. [Online]. Available: H. Kim, "Exercise rehabilitation for smartphone addiction.," Journal of Exercise Rehabilitation, vol. 9, no. 6, pp. 500-505, 2013. </p><p>[4]</p><p>[6]</p><p>[5] M. G. I. P. H. Pontes, "Internet Addiction and Loneliness Among Children and Adolescents in the Education Setting: An Empirical Pilot Study. ," Aloma, vol. 32, no. 1, pp. 91-98, 2014. </p><p>"Digital Eye Strain Report," 2015. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 1 March 2017]. </p><p>Y. L. ,. K. Y. ,. E. K. ,. I. L. ,. P. R. D. Han, "Dopamine Genes and Reward Dependence in Adolescents with Excessive Internet Video Game Play. ," Journal of Addiction Medicine, vol. 1, no. 3, pp. 133-138, 2007. </p><p>[7]</p></li><li><p>References</p><p>[12] FOX News Network,, "Teens' late-night cellphone use linked with mental health problems," FOX News Network, 2015. [Online]. Available:;content=80938679&amp;pageNum=-1. [Accessed 28 February 2017]. </p><p>[8]</p><p>K. Steinmetz, "Your Texting Addiction is Starting to Cost the Government," 22 January 2014. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 25 February 2017]. </p><p>[10]Adam S. Kutner, "Dangers of Texting While Walking," 2017. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 25 February 2017]. </p><p>[9]</p><p>L. Ameen, "The 25 Scariest Texting and Driving Accident Statistics," 2016. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 28 February 2017]. </p><p>[11]</p><p>E. Payne, "Teens' poor mental health linked to social media use," 8 August 2015. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 20 February 2017]. </p><p>All Photos Used Have a Creative Commons License. </p></li></ul>