A meta-analysis of 41 studies, dating from 2011 to 2019, shows that one-in-four young people display Problematic Smartphone Use (PSU). This ‘problematic’ use includes: neglect of other activities, anxiety when the smartphone is not available, poor sleep, and low mood. Press Association article, quoted in “The Indy”: https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/smart-phone-addiction-children-gen-z-social-media-mental-health-a9225556.html
A walk down most British streets might lead you to understand that it is not only children and young people who might be using their smartphones problematically. Most of us seem to be aware, at some level, that both the internet in general and smartphones in particular are extremely addictive. Acknowledgement that their use could be problematic – in others and in ourselves – may be the beginnings of us addressing these problems, on a societal level.