Hooked on Apps: A trap for the ADHDer!
” I have not read any books since I got my smart phone.” Thus announced a patient with ADHD and a propensity for compulsive behavior and addictions. With the advent of smart phones, we are all fascinated by finding interesting references, games and applications just a touch away.
The trouble comes when the time spent with the device goes unchecked and the person looks for the next ‘high’ in searching for a more interesting and engaging application. Many compulsively check the weather condition or the stock market fluctuations. Others endlessly search for things to buy and pay for useless applications.
Like any novelty-producing product, one must observe moderation and treat such useful technology as also potentially harmful and addictive. As my patient later acknowledged, she doesn’t really need to know the weather condition every ten minutes!