Startling ADHD caused by overuse of Smartphones Results in Hyperactivity -Report

Posted on May 12 2016 - 5:16pm by Pavithra Manisha
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Are you turning fidgety and getting bored easily whenever you are trying to focus hard? Are you struggling to be quiet while you are on tasks and activities? In case the answer is yes, then the invasive use of smartphones  could be the reason behind such behavior that is said to be the Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) suggests a new study conducted in the United States.


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Statistics sketched on Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder by  lead researcher Kostadin Kushlev from University of Virginia in the US has exposed that:

  • 95 percent of smartphone users have used their phones during social gatherings
  • 7 in 10 people used their phones while working
  • 1 in 10 admitted to checking their phones during important matters
  • Smartphone owners spend nearly two hours per day using their phones 

“Smartphones may contribute to these symptoms by serving as a quick and easy source of distraction.We found the first experimental evidence that smartphone interruptions can cause greater inattention and hyperactivity – symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – even in people drawn from a nonclinical population,” Kushlev said.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


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The study was conducted on 221 students of the University of British Columbia in Canada. Random students drawn from the population were assigned for a week to maximize their phone interruption by turning on notification alerts and keeping their phones within reach easily.

In the following week the participants were asked to minimize their phone interruption by turning their notifications off and phones away. Participants were there on asked to complete questionnaires assessing the inattention and hyperactivity by the end of each week.

The result indicated that the subjects significantly experienced higher levels of inattention and alarming level of hyperactivity when the alerts were turned on.

Further the study findings also revealed that even people who have not been diagnosed with the Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) also seemed to experience some of the disorder’s symptoms. Some of the symptoms included:

  • Distraction
  • Difficulty in focusing
  • Getting bored easily when trying to focus
  • Fidgeting
  • Having trouble sitting still
  • Difficulty doing quiet tasks and activities
  • Restlessness

The silver lining is that the problem can be turned off. But the research report that has been published, hasn’t revealed as to how.

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The findings were presented at the Association for Computing Machinery’s (ACM) the human-computer interaction conference in San Jose, California.

Sourced from: NDTV

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