Mobile Phone and Anxiety

By: Ian Ball

In modern days, the technological advancements bring the joy of enjoying the world at the comfort of home on one hand, but also provide an intense experience of stressors on the other. Research suggests that a continuous usage of mobile phone causes anxiety and self-esteem problems in individuals.

Australian Study

An Australian study reports that individuals may experience a feeling of anxiety, and depression due to prolonged use of mobile phone. They may also suffer from self-esteem problems. The problems generally occur as a result of getting addicted on their usage of mobile phones.

Dianne James, Brisbane based behavior researcher, argued that Australians are immensely dependable over the usage of mobile phones in particular. They are suffering with a wide range of problems including anxiety if they are forced to switch off their mobiles and even experiencing low self-esteem if not receiving calls or text messages.

The study included 80 individuals from age-group of 17 to 52 residing at Queensland.

Outcome of the Study

The study revealed unusual outcome. Most of the participants were found obsessed about their mobile phone when they were not allowed to access. Some of them experienced withdrawal symptoms if not receiving any text messages or calls in their mobiles. A few of the participants even reported that they had been suffered from sleep deprivation.

Analysis of the Study

The researchers compared the experience with that of substance addiction. They explained the pattern as same as acquiring instant gratification from substance abuse. It seems that the individuals experience a feeling of detachment if they can not access or use their mobile phones. For most of the participants, it was found that they got agitated during the discussion session when they are asked to switch off their mobile phones.

The study also concluded that the situation is not only based on a particular location, rather it assumed that this situation is quite prevalent both in national and international territory as well, which needs an extensive and increasing focus of attention.

Future Outcome

The study may have been further elaborated through online survey where emotional, psychological, social and financial aspects will be taken under consideration. The expected strength of the participants for this survey will be around 2000.

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