Smartphone addiction can affect the brain

Courtesy: MGN Online
Courtesy: MGN Online

(WILX)- A South Korean study shows that being addicted to a smartphone can affect the neurotransmitters in the brain.

Researchers looked at the brains of 19 teenage boys that were addicted to their smartphones in comparison to the brain images of 19 teenage boys that weren't addicted to their smartphones.

The brains of the teenage boys that were addicted to their phones had higher levels of the neurotransmitter "GABA" compared to the teenage boys that weren't addicted to their phones.

This neurotransmitter slows down neurons in the brain and this can make it harder to focus.

Twelve of the teens that were addicted to their smartphones underwent cognitive behavioral therapy. As a result their levels of "GABA" went back to normal.