A group of American and British scientists from the Universities of Chicago and Cambridge, as well as the University of Minnesota, have identified a relationship between smartphone addiction and problems with sex. The attraction to gadgets has also been linked to sex life and academic performance, Vesti.ru reports.
In a study involving more than three thousand people, experts have established how craving for smartphones is associated with physical and mental health of people, as well as what effect addiction has on them.
It turned out that smartphones were abused by every fifth (20%) respondent. Most of them were women (64%).
In addition, gadget fans were more likely to have a rich sex life: 37.4% of those suffering from addiction admitted that they had more than two sexual partners in a year. At the same time, among those able to control their cravings, such were only 27.2%.
Scientists have also found that those who do not let go of the gadget are more likely to experience problems with alcohol. Among "smartphone addicts" 33% of the respondents liked to drink alcohol, while among the rest this figure was 22.5%.
Addiction has had a detrimental effect on student achievement as well. Many students who weren't parting with electronic devices experienced declines in their grades.
“Although the impact of overuse of smartphones on average scores was relatively small, it is worth noting that even a mild negative impact can adversely affect a person's academic achievement and then their employment opportunities later in life,” said co-author Professor John Grant.
Experts have found that the love of gadgets can be associated with mental disorders such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.