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Psychiatric experts have got together to declare that smartphone addiction appears to be a very real thing, with research backing this up by identifying symptoms of "problematic smartphone usage" and behaviours mirroring those of addicts in almost a quarter of young people.
The study found 23% had behaviour that was consistent with an addiction - such as anxiety over not being able to use their phone, not being able to moderate the time spent and using mobiles so much that it was detrimental to other activities.
They worry this "addiction" could have "serious consequences" to young people's mental health, such as stress, a depressed mood, lack of sleep and not trying in school.
"Smartphones are here to stay and there is a need to understand the prevalence of problematic smartphone usage", says one of the report's authors, Nicola Kalk, from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London.
'We don't know whether it is the smartphone itself that could even be addictive or the apps that participants use'.
Over the past decade there has been an increase in smartphone use among children and young people and this has occurred at the same time as a rise in common mental disorders in the same age group.
The study authors note that 22 of the studies examined were of "poor methodological quality" and that there was wide variation across the research analysed in the definitions of PSU.
Dr Sam Chamberlain, Wellcome Belief Medical Fellow, Honorary Manual Psychiatrist, University of Cambridge, stated: 'Research into PSU is compulsory from a public health level of behold. The authors file that roughly 10-30% of teens in the analysis integrated of their meta-evaluation met a selected threshold for having PSU. These results resonate with previous findings, including those on related topics such as Problematic Usage of the Internet'.
He added: 'One challenge for the field, in light of this valuable meta-analysis, is that Problematic Smartphone Use is not consistently defined.
'As noted by the authors, research into an accepted and validated set of criteria is urgently needed'.