While you can experience impulse-control problems with a laptop or desktop computer, the size and convenience of smartphones and tablets means that we can take them just about anywhere and gratify our compulsions at any time.In fact, most of us are rarely ever more than five feet from our smartphones.You feel the pressure to always be on, never out of touch from work.This need to continually check and respond to email can contribute to higher stress levels and even burnout. The constant stream of messages and information from a smartphone can overwhelm the brain and make it impossible to focus attention on any one thing for more than a few minutes without feeling compelled to move on to something else.
Online compulsions, such as gaming, gambling, stock trading, online shopping, or bidding on auction sites like e Bay can often lead to financial and job-related problems.
In other words, the remedy you’re choosing for your anxiety (engaging with your smartphone), is actually making your anxiety worse. While it may seem that losing yourself online will temporarily make feelings such as loneliness, depression, and boredom evaporate into thin air, it can actually make you feel even worse.
A 2014 study found a correlation between high social media usage and depression and anxiety.
While the Internet can be a great place to meet new people, reconnect with old friends, or even start romantic relationships, online relationships are not a healthy substitute for real-life interactions.
Online friendships can be appealing as they tend to exist in a bubble, not subject to the same demands or stresses as messy, real-world relationships.