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Ki, kit tart markában? Pszichológusszemmel a nomofóbiáról
A Psychologist’s Viewpoint on Nomophobia

Author(s): Jenő-László Vargha
Subject(s): Health and medicine and law
Published by: Korunk Baráti Társaság
Keywords: nomophobia; addiction; habits; dopamine; mindfulness; neuroplasticity; precontemplation

Summary/Abstract: We are witnessing a growing frequency of smartphone addiction. Our paper discusses similarities with mental states included under the headline of “Substance-Related and Addictive Disorders”, in the last edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), published by the American Psychiatric Association. It is argued that the term “smartphone addiction” is somewhat misleading, as different people who present its symptoms can in fact be addicted to various functions provided by smartphones, such as online gaming, or Internet pornography. Neurological foundations of both habit formation and habit extinction, as well as the role of dopamine are also presented. The paper enlists various negative consequences of smartphone addiction, such as mindless presence in everyday activities, anxiety, depression, and a weakening of social bonding, but emphasizes also the possibility of finding an effective therapy, able to free one from addiction.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 11
  • Page Range: 56-66
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Hungarian