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The Effect Of Technology Addiction


Today, more than ever before, technology abounds. But instead of people using technology to their advantage, and being able to gain things from it and improve their intellect, they are becoming more and more drone like, addicted to their phones and computers. Recent studies have shown that technology is truly an addiction, and like any addiction, it is bringing with it many negative effects.

Scientific studies have been conducted over the course of the last few years which actually show that the brain reacts to technology in the same way an addict reacts to their addiction. The brain releases the same chemicals when a text message is received as are released when a heroin addict injects new heroin. They are given the same positive responses, faster and faster, and with such a high dose of positive chemicals, the moment a text message does not come, the reaction is the same as a heroin addict who has run out of heroin; the downfall is messy. Younger generations today are so connected to their multiple means of technology that they are not only showing legitimate and strong signs of neurological addiction, but these signs are manifesting into physical signs of addiction. Today, many younger children are suffering from phantom text syndrome wherein they feel a vibration from their phone in their pants pocket or purse when no vibration took place.

Younger generations have been tested to see if they could go 24 hours without technology, and this left nearly every participant depressed and anxious. In spite of still attending classes at their college campuses, seeing their friends throughout the day, and talking to people regularly, these students felt isolated and alone, and felt as though they were unable to make plans with people without being able to text or email them, even though they saw the people with whom they wanted to make plans during the day and even spoke with them repeatedly. They found themselves feeling depressed at not knowing what was happening, and somehow being disconnected from the world around them.

Other studies have indicated that with a higher propensity of younger children only reading via tablet devices in lieu of actual books or magazines, their tactile brain responses are no longer being engaged, leaving their memory stagnating and the elasticity of their brains changing for the worse. While we are quite adaptable creatures, with very adaptable brains, it seems that technology addiction has reaped many negative consequences.

 

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