Since we get up until we get back in bed. Today, smartphones are traveling companions that are there to show us our emails, inform us of the latest news or get in touch with friends, family or clients . Technology, used wisely, can make our lives easier, but its abuse can also have great counterparts to our health.
According to a study published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society , the indiscriminate use of mobile phones is causing serious problems among teenagers . Problems that range from insomnia to depression and suffering more and more young people.
Through a series of questions asked to more than 3000 adolescents of about 15 years of age, the study certified that those users who made more screen hours had more problems falling asleep, more problems staying awake and more symptoms of depression . For this, the reactions were observed around 4 activities: messaging, web browsing, television / movies and games. After the latter, the depressive symptoms were much more palpable.
It is likely that the two largest companies in the world of telephony (Google and Apple) have had access to similar studies, since both have introduced in their latest versions of the operating system new tools to control the use we make of the phone . Thanks to Google Dashboard and the application for iOS 12, Screen time , now it will be much easier to control our use, although it is true that.
As Josh Golin, director of a campaign to avoid excessive consumerism in children, says, “the study is very important and adds to an increasing number of evidences that Children do not get enough sleep. And screens are the main reason. ”
Changing the habits of teenagers is not easy as they “hate to be told what to do”, but “Parents have to take action” , says Fran Walfish, a popular American psychotherapist. Some of the keys offered by Walfish are those of impose rules and physical limits to the use of the smartphone , educate children in the use of new technologies and doing family experiments, such as forbidding the use of smartphones to the whole family during meals or after a certain time.