Smartphones & Social Media Are Stressing Americans Out

The American Psychological Association polled 3,500 adults and found that people who are always looking at their digital devices (called “constant checkers”) reported higher levels of stress compared to those who spend less time with their gadgets. The amount of time people spend on social media also appears to be stressing them out: 42% of constant checkers say social media conversations about politics and culture cause them stress, compared to 33% of people who check less often. The habit affects real life as well—35% of constant checkers say they are less likely to spend time with family and friends because of social media. Nearly 2/3 of people surveyed agree that taking an occasional digital detox is good for their mental health. However, less than 30% say they actually do so.

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