Staring at smartphones can make you depressed

Staring at `addictive` smartphones for too long can contribute to stress, depression and insomnia, a new study has revealed.

Cary Cooper, Professor of Organisational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, has warned the users to restrict their phone time as it can `numb the senses`.

`Staring at screens constantly takes you away from people and gives you a passive outlet where you don`t have to interact with the world or face your problems,` the Sun quoted Cooper as saying.

`Like television, the light draws you in and numbs your senses. It`s the exercise equivalent of treading water and can be both addictive and destructive in the way it occupies your mind without actually stimulating it.`

A survey conducted by pharmaceutical firm Bayer revealed that 28 per cent of women blamed smartphones such as iPhones and Blackberrys for ruining their sex lives.

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