What's Behind Our 'Smartphone Addiction'?

March 8, 2018 Updated March 8, 2018


No matter where you go these days, it’s hard to find someone who doesn’t have his or her face buried in a mobile device. A new study suggests this seemingly anti-social behavior could actually be hyper-social instead.


For this study, researchers at McGill University in Canada reviewed existing literature examining smart technology from an evolutionary standpoint. According to the researchers, the most addictive smartphone functions are based in evolution and tap into our desire to connect with other people, monitor the activities of others, and be monitored by others.

However, while mobile devices harness a natural, healthy, social need, fast-paced connectivity can also push the brain's reward system into overdrive and lead to unhealthy addictive behavior. Turning off notifications, establishing appropriate times to check your phone, and ignoring evening and weekend work emails may help restore a healthy balance with technology.

Sourced from: Frontiers in Psychology

Diane Domina

Diane is a Senior Content Producer at Remedy Health Media. She writes the Daily Dose for HealthCentral and is the editorial director at HealthCommunities. Her goal is to contribute to a valuable, trustworthy, and informative experience for people who are searching for health information online.

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