Cellphone addiction likened to drugs is a ‘stretch’: Dr. Mike
Self-imposed rules, boundaries important for smartphone use: Dr. Mike
Dr. Mikhail Varshavski discusses a study suggesting constant cellphone use affects the brain in a similar way to drugs and argues people should use common sense when it comes to how much to interact with your smartphone.
There’s no doubt people are extremely attached to their smartphones.
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A study published in the international journal Addictive Behaviors tested the extent of how addicted people are to their phones. Researchers confirmed the brains of cellphone-addicted individuals showed the same patterns as drug addicts.
Results specifically showed phone addicts showed lower gray matter in their brains which is the area connected to muscle control, sight, hearing, speech and mental health.
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Even though the study results are jarring, family medicine doctor Mikhail Varshavski, known as Doctor Mike, told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on Thursday comparing cellphone addiction to that of drug addiction is a real “stretch.”
“[Cellphone use] is very similar to how drugs affect your brain,” Doctor Mike explained. “That is not to say using your cellphone is like being on drugs.”
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Doctor Mike noted app companies know what they’re doing by designing addictive platforms. Each time a notification pops up on a smartphone, he said, your brain releases dopamine, which is “the neurotransmitter that makes you feel good.”