The Sapien Labs team, in fact, has published a report according to which the use of the smartphone could be responsible for a continuous decline in the mental health of young adults in the age group between 18 and 24 years old.
According to what emerges from this study, before the advent of the internet at the age of 18, a normal young man would have spent "from 15,000 to 25,000 hours interacting in person with peers and the family" while today this figure went down to an interval including Between 1,500 and 5,000 hours.
It is a data to say the least worrying, just as Tara Thiagarajan, Chief Scientist of Sapien Labs, is keen to highlight: this remarkable reduction in social interaction, in fact, prevents people from learning important skills, such as reading ( and understand) facial expressions and body language, get used to physical touch, know how to find the appropriate emotional responses and be able to resolve conflicts.
And, aspect even more worrying, to say of Thiagarajan, people who do not have these skills can end up detaching themselves from society and have suicidal tendencies.
This phenomenon is not recent, going back to 2010, precisely coinciding with the increase in the use of smartphones. If before then the young adults had the highest levels of psychological well-being, over the years the trend has gone in the opposite direction.
And these are some of the symptoms that denote a mental problem in a person aged between 18 and 24 who uses the smartphone too much:
- Obsessive, strange or unwanted thoughts
- poor self -esteem and self -confidence
- feeling of detachment from reality
- problems in relations with others
- Suicidal thoughts
- fear and anxiety
- feelings of sadness, anguish or despair
Thiagarajan notes that the data of the study show that people now spend from 7 to 10 hours online and this leaves little time for the "traditional" social commitment, that is, in person.
In essence, our society proceeds sent to the social isolation and the digitization of experiences, a phenomenon that should arouse more than one concern in the authorities but which, to date, is probably all too underestimated.
Written by Matteo with love from Italy