Cell Phone Addiction Research

If you have none, is out. But smartphones put children and young people under the stress of communication. A recent study points to the risks of excessive cell phone use- and warns of a risk of addiction.

Smartphones put children under stress. This emerges from a study by researchers of the University of Mannheim. Each fourth of respondents 8-to 14-year old stated to feel stressed by the permanent communication via

WhatsApp Messenger services. 8 percent of young Smartphone owners use their devices so excessive that they are considered at risk.

For the survey commissioned by the land media authority of North Rhine-Westphalia, the researchers interviewed 500 children and young people, but also parents. The study, which was presented on Thursday in Düsseldorf, was so representative of the mobile owner of this age group.

A fifth school problems

48 percent claimed to be distracted by the phone from the homework. 20 percent admitted to school problems through heavy cell phone use. 15 percent complain that real contacts to be able. 11 percent are already victims of digital bullying or exclusion from WhatsApp group has become.

That the provider WhatsApp will actually excludes young Internet users of his service, shows no effect. According to the terms and conditions of service for children under 16 years of age was not determined, it says. “If you’re under 16 years old, you’re not allowed to use the WhatsApp service.”

Karin Knop said the excessive use of smartphones by children and young people is driven by fear, to be excluded from the process of communication of friends or acquaintances circle of the University of Mannheim. So develops a “constant pressure of communication”.

Mental and physical impairments

Added health risks are: the Association of children’s and youth physicians (BVKJ) recently warned of mental and physical impairments. Physicians therefore observe an increase in strain, headaches or ADHD, which relationship with the growing use of digital media.

And only last week experts pointed to an increasing myopia in children and adolescents. Today, more young people are affected than it did a few decades ago, a specialist in children’s ophthalmology at the University Hospital Freiburg, Prof. Wolf A. Lagrèze said.

A short-sightedness is a strong longitudinal growth of the eyeball, especially between 6 and 18 years of age – age, where many from the mobile phone or computer to get away are.