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Posted: Thursday, August 26, 2010 12:00 am

Addiction can involve more than just drugs and alcohol. Video games, computers, cell phones and other electronic devices teens can get their hands on are affecting their health more than they can imagine.

When teens spend more than enough time on their electronics, it can negatively affect their sleeping patterns. Sleep is fundamental when it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It can affect energy level, weight, attitude, mental functions and even bodily functions.

Rather than sleeping, teens are spending more time staying awake to use their mobile electronics.

A recent study showed that teens sleep with their cell phones, text messaging with their peers back and forth. Even when they do sleep, they still keep their phones in close reach, so they will be able to wake up the moment they receive a text.

About 47 percent of U.S. teens are saying their social life would be damaged without their cell phones, and nearly six in 10 (57 percent) credit their cellular device with improving their lives, as reported by a national survey from CTIA-The Wireless Association and Harris Interactive.

Texting helps teens feel socially connected and lets them share their experiences instantly, leading to a boost in self-esteem, according to one perspective. Another perspective includes if teens feel left out or disconnected, texting can lead to anxiety and a feeling of depression.

“There is short-and long-term anxiety,” said Dr. Jonathan Pletcher, an adolescent medicine specialist at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, of UPMC. “The short-term anxiety is, ‘Will he or won’t he answer?’ It’s unnecessarily negative, but the same as a phone call, we learn to deal with over time. Long-term, it impairs your daily functions. They are doing it late and not sleeping as well, leading to daytime anxiety.”

It comes down to teens making the right decision on whether or not to turn off their electronic devices regarding their health. Getting the proper amount of sleep can help teens’ bodies function properly and would reduce anxiety so they can live a healthy life.

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  • John Hein posted at 6:25 am on Tue, Dec 9, 2014.

    John Hein Posts: 32

    Not just teens but adults too are becoming addicted to gadgets like tablets. You can find tourists who are carrying their iPads with them even on vacation, however, they can now find the iPad travel case with shoulder straps at It would make it easier for them to carry their gadget with them.

  • antonovici posted at 5:40 am on Wed, Nov 19, 2014.

    antonovici Posts: 3

    People are addicted to technology indeed but sometimes the technology is improving our life and it is even helping with some problems that didn't have a solution a few years ago. The best example is the medical environment. If you will check you will find that patients have a better life now and the doctors too.

  • gorila posted at 4:14 am on Thu, Sep 4, 2014.

    gorila Posts: 37

    Electronic devices can affect not only the teens' health, but also adults' health. People who work all day long in a telecommunication company will get sick more rapidly than the rest of the people. But with a good communication system, like this from the percentage can be reduced.

  • negruvoda posted at 11:22 am on Mon, Aug 4, 2014.

    negruvoda Posts: 63

    Everyone should treasure and take care of their general health, even teenagers. Your health is important but you don't realize that right now because you are young and healthy. They're a few teenagers who are going physical therapy at the medical center from because they suffer from different conditions. Ask them how important is your health.


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