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Mobile Addiction Counselling

You will be surprised to know that an average Indian spends 1800 hours a year on his smartphone. That is nearly one-third of his waking hours. The result of addiction of internet, smartphones, and television is such that 30 per cent fewer people meet family and loved ones multiple times a month.

As the mobile internet is going cheaper, the hours people spend on their mobile phones are continuously increasing. Nearly 45 crores people use the internet in India, and the number is still going to increase. However, there is no problem in the increase of people using smartphones, but the problem lies in the usage pattern of it.

The benefits of the technology are clear but the negative consequences are always forgotten. Smartphone addiction is a matter of thing now which is need to be addressed. Person of every age group now uses mobile either for watching kids videos, movies, chatting, internet surfing, social media, video games, studying, or others. Whatever the reason is but over usage of it can have adverse effects mentally, physically, and socially as well.

The problem of mobile addiction is often identified as a behavioural addiction just like addictions to food, shopping, gambling, video games, work, and the internet.

In today’s time, it easy to get access to mobile these days. You can turn around, and found that even children of merely 3-4 years of age are using mobiles of their parents for watching videos or playing games. If you are still not convinced about mobile addiction, then consider these facts:

  • 71% of persons keep their mobile by side while sleeping
  • Nearly 35% think of their smartphones after waking and even use them, and only 10% think of other things
  • 44% of 18-24 years old fall asleep with their mobile in their hands.
  • 40% of people don’t disconnect with their smartphone even while on vacation.

How to know if I am having a smartphone/mobile/internet addiction?

At least 4 of the below mentioned signs or symptoms are considered for meeting the criteria for mobile addiction.

  • An urge to use the cell phone more and more often for achieving the same desired effect.
  • You use your phone will you are with your friends and family.
  • After waking up, the first thought came is to check your phone.
  • Start using your phone randomly.
  • Just for checking time you use your phone
  • Start using your mobile during the instance of anxiety or depression
  • Has put a relationship or job at risk due to the excessive use of cell phone.
  • Anger, tension and frustration, during the low battery and no network on mobile.

How mobile & internet addiction affects you?

Physically:

Excessive use of mobile phones can result in numerous physical problems which can cause even permanent damage or are difficult to treat such as:

Eye problems:

Our eye is the major organ employed in using these devices. Eyes suffer many problems:

  • Pain and discomfort while viewing digital screen for more than 2 hours.
  • Itching and burn in eyes
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue in eyes
  • Headache due to strain in digital eye strain

Neck Problems:

Looking on the phone for too long can cause fatigue,stiffness and pain in the neck. It is also termed as “Text Neck”.

Illness:

A mobile screen has almost the same amount of bacteria as on a toilet seat. These germs increase illness.

  • Coli bacteria which is responsible for fever, vomiting, and bacteria is present on mobiles
  • Phones are also contaminated with MRSA (a strain of antibiotic-resistant bacteria).
  • MRSA causes painful abscesses
  • It can also lead to life-threatening infections in bones, joints, surgical wounds, bloodstream, heart valves, and lungs.

Psychologically:

Psychological effects of mobile on a person are not initially noticeable but effect in the long term.

Sleeping Problem:

  • Smartphone addiction leads to increasing sleeping disorder and fatigue in users.
  • Using mobile before going to sleep increases the chances of insomnia
  • The bright light of the mobile screen decreases the quality of sleep.
  • Mobile also increases the amount of time a person takes to fall asleep.

Depression:

As per the study by Jean Twenge, professor at the Chicago university, the rise of usage of smartphone increases the chances of depression, suicide attempts.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder:

As per a study of the University of Arkansas, the addiction to mobile usage is itself an Obsessive compulsion disorder disease and can lead to many other OCD diseases. For e.g. Phantom Vibration Syndrome in which the person feels his mobile is vibrating even if it isn’t.

Anxiety:

Anxiety problems also get surge because of the excessive use of mobile phones and persons are more likely to feel anxious during downtime.

Work-life and Career:

Addiction to your smartphone isn’t limited to the body problems but can also affect your work-life as well as your career in different ways.

Productivity:

55% of employers or managers believe smartphone addiction is amongst the biggest killer of productivity at the workplace. The more an employee uses his mobile, the harder it gets for him to focus on his work.

Attention Spans:

When a person uses his/her mobile frequently, it increases the chances that the person will also use it absent-mindedly or for passing time. Hence, it increases the total mobile usage time and less work time.

Accidents:

As per a report, in 2010, India reported 1.3 lakh deaths due to mobile usage which is 10% of all road accidents. The most common reasons for these accidents are:

t the biggest killer of productivity at the workplace. The more an employee uses his mobile, the harder it gets for him to focus on his work.

 

  • Sending and reading text messages
  • Reading directions from a cell GPS
  • Making calls
  • Checking notifications
  • Talking on your phone

Treatment for Mobile phone addiction:

Self-treatment:

Initially, you can try out some habits and rules to overcome this problem such as:

  • Make rules to not use the phone: Set time periods in which you shouldn’t use your phone (i.e., 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
  • Involve in activities in which you can’t use your phone such as playing, swimming, and many others.
  • Schedule break times to access your phone or social media.
  • Download application which can give a warning about your usage time.
  • Start wearing watch instead of using mobile for knowing time

Mobile Addiction Counselling:

If the above-mentioned habits don’t allow you to cut down cell phone use, then you are definitely facing severe smartphone addiction. You should definitely consult a counsellor here.

The counsellor will provide you with many type of therapies to get rid of this addiction.

Individual Therapy:

The therapist will work with you to identify any underlying problems or re-occurring mental disorders that could be affecting cell phone use.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy:

This therapy focuses to change your maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behaviours into positive ones.

Motivational Interviewing:

In this therapy, the therapist will give you tasks such as playing games, doing exercise, and other tasks which don’t involve mobile phone usage.

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