Soumya Prakash Pradhan

In today's tech-driven era, many people are opting for high-tech gadgets, but this trend is leading to an increase in mental health issues. 

A recent report from the World Economic Forum highlights how Gen Z individuals, in particular, are experiencing mental health problems due to excessive smartphone use. 

They are now seeking a return to simpler technology reminiscent of the early 2000s, preferring devices that only allow calls and texts.

According to the report, Gen Z is increasingly switching from smartphones to what are being called 'dumbphones' in order to reduce screen time.

Excessive screen time has been associated with various physical and mental health issues such as loneliness, addiction, anxiety, and depression. 

Unlike smartphones, dumbphones lack internet access and apps, serving primarily for communication purposes.

Despite smartphones offering numerous features like GPS and hotspot capabilities, Gen Z is opting for dumbphones to combat the negative effects of excessive screen time.

The report reveals that Gen Z spends an average of 7.2 hours per day on screens, contributing to their poor physical and mental health and increasing the risk of depression. 

Consequently, they are making lifestyle changes by transitioning to simpler technology, as suggested by the report.

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