One of the most used applications today in the world is WhatsApp, as it has become a very effective and practically immediate communication tool.
Different specialists, however, pointed out that, like other internet products, WhatsApp can become addictive. Enough to think about people who can not stop watching your mobile phone for a minute or are always aware of the classic sound that tells us that we have a new message.
Although clinically there is no term for addiction to WhatsApp, Erika Vilavisensi Ayub, coordinator of organizational psychology at the Faculty of Psychology of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM, said that a debate is currently taking place on whether this disease relates to the information era.
However, Villavicencio has discovered a series of symptoms that could reveal if someone has not developed this problem.
Symptoms to know if you are addicted to WhatsApp
They are practically the same as any other compulsive disorder: the time you spend in the application, a lie about its use, believing you are writing a message when it is not.
"Empirical evidence has seen that the use of this type applications It has the same effect as opiate in the brain. Therefore, the pleasant feeling, as when you consume medicine. At the neurological level, addiction occurs when the mobile phone is used for too long because it reduces dopamine receptors in the brain. These are situations very similar to the already existing additions, "explained the psychologist.
Another red focus is that if WhatsApp is so important to you that you lose hours of sleep, food, it affects you at work, at school, or even in personal relationships, you are likely to be addicted to the application. "If you have anxiety crisis because you can see that your battery is running out of power or you spend some time without being able to view the conversations, there are clear signs of addiction. In fact, when the dependence is greater, the user isolates or decreases his / her professional activity, ie. it makes you ignore other areas of your life, "he added.
Also, the so-called abstinence syndrome is associated with an addiction to this application. This becomes a situation of emotional stress that leads to insomnia, irritability, boredom, loneliness, anger or nervousness. But also anxiety, depression, fatigue, concentration and memory changes because the brain, like alcohol or drugs, gets a nice feeling when using the net.
Also, the WhatsApp addict suffers from negligence and lack of self-control, accompanied by intolerance and the need to increase doses to obtain the desired effects.
The expert recommends cognitive behavioral therapy as a solution to this problem, although if a phase is already advanced, medication will necessarily be needed.
If you're addicted to WhatsApp, it's best to fix it when you've done it before. If it is an initial phase, the expert advises cognitive-behavioral therapy. If it is serious, you will need pharmacological and behavioral help. "It is important to raise awareness that ICT is part of the current life and do not intend to fight against the current one; but we must learn to use them properly to take advantage of life in different areas without affecting the health or other area of the individual, "he recalls.