Young people’s addiction to mobile or living it in the virtual world
Today, the mobile phone represents one of the greatest technological advances the world has known. Far from being a device used only to communicate, it has become an essential, revolutionary and ubiquitous everyday object, even for the youngest. A few years ago, people talked about the benefits of this artifact, its positive aspects and its growing importance. for the world population in all four corners of the world. However, the studies conducted by specialists and experts regarding young people’s use of smartphones are not very positive because we are no longer talking about addiction, but we are talking about addiction.
Today, in fact, we no longer live in a connected world, but rather in a hyper-connected world, and the mobile phone is at the heart of a real dilemma, a major dilemma that does not leave parents and leaders indifferent to health.
In 2018, BVA, recognized as one of the most innovative French companies in the field of behavioral science and research, conducted a survey for “Wiko” on a representative sample of more than 1,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 17. According to their surveys and statistics, 92% of teens have a smartphone, and most claim to use the cell phone to maintain friendly relationships.
According to another study, established in 2021 in France, more than 99% of young people have a telephone, whether it is landline or mobile, but the norm remains mobile equipment, and 95% of the population has it.
The statistics and results remain largely and practically the same in other developed countries. As for developing countries, the use of mobile phones continues to grow at an incredible rate.
insignificant. What is becoming more and more worrying and alarming is that most young people are admitting and claiming that they are not doing well without their phones, and that is precisely why it is no longer a matter of addiction, but of addiction. Certain behavioral disorders are quickly noticed in most of these individuals and can have a negative impact on mental health. In fact, teens tend to feel anxiety, stress or even irritability when they are unable to use their smartphone, for example when it runs out of battery.
Since the numbers are much more representative of the situation; most young people do not turn off their phones no matter where they are, almost 90% do not turn them off at night and almost 95% use them while watching an interesting program on TV. It is quite consistent, as they now live in the need to be connected, in the need to live in this virtual world, they constantly feel the need to be in front of their screens.
Year after year, there are more than 520 million users worldwide, and for this generation, it is primarily thanks to social networks. Whether it’s posting pictures, videos, chatting with people online, staying connected to the news, listening to music, using voicemail services or even watching videos, young people are constantly connected.
The use of the smartphone has been seen as a unifying tool, a tool for socializing and a device for interacting with people, and has reached its climax.
However, researchers also have another explanation that is gaining its full significance: Smartphone addicts are addicted to the feeling of joy that it gives them to be permanently connected.
According to several doctors in psychology, entertainment using only smartphones and social networks will stimulate the excessive release of a chemical substance in the central nervous system, dopamine.
That’s not all, because when these addicts spend too much time in front of their screens, their brain secretes too much dopamine, and this increase can exceed the capacity of the receptors. And in the face of this enormous dose that receptor sites cannot accept, they can shut down, become saturated, and become desensitized.
This is what prevents teens today from concentrating on anything else, learning or even finding satisfaction by spending simple moments with family or friends.
Nevertheless, everyone agrees that it is time to consider taking certain measures in relation to cell phone abuse, as most parents are concerned about their children’s mental and physical health.
Would protecting their children mean cutting them off from the world of new technologies? Will concerns precede openness and technological development? These are questions that remain relevant.
One thing is for sure, we should know how we are moving towards the world of technological development, for today’s technology is going faster than us and we can not lose our ties to our families, our parents and our entourage.