Teens Who are Addicted to Gadgets are More Prone to Depression

Tuesday, 15-June-2021 22:10

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JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - An alarming new study shows that dependence on technology can affect the brains of some teenagers. The findings revealed that adolescents who are addicted to their gadgets and devices are more likely to suffer from mental disorders, including depression and anxiety.

Researchers from Korea University in Seoul have found an imbalance in brain chemistry of young people who are addicted to devices and the internet.

In the study, researchers took brain scans from 19 young people who were diagnosed with internet addiction or a device, and compared it with 19 young people who had healthy control.

Twelve addicted participants received cognitive behavioral therapy for nine weeks. The participants also completed tests to measure the severity of their addiction.

"The higher the score, the worse the addiction. The results show that adolescents who are addicted to the device have a higher rate of depression, anxiety, insomnia and impulsive violence than those who are not addicted," said Professor Hyung Suk Seo, lead author of the study, as quoted by Daily Mail.

Brain scans also showed levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA), a chemical that slows down brain signals, and glutamine glutamate (Glx), a chemical that causes brain cells to become more electrically passionate, in the brain of each participant.

Previous research has found GABA to be involved in motor vision and control and regulation of various brain functions, including anxiety. The results showed that addicted teenagers had significantly higher GABA levels, and lowered Glx levels.

This indicates that these chemicals are strongly associated with addiction to the device. The researchers found that GABA levels decreased and Glx levels increased in adolescent addiction after cognitive behavioral therapy.

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