Do you constantly check your emails, texts or social media accounts? If so, you (like 43 percent of Americans) may be causing yourself unneeded screen stress. Additionally, according to a survey by the American Psychological Association, nearly one-fifth of Americans identify the use of technology as a source of stress. Adding to that, more than eight in 10 Americans are attached to their gadgets on a typical day.
Technology a Source of Stress
While technology is a valuable resource, especially in business, the constant checking has made working Americans the most stressed out. Outside the workplace, these people feel more disconnected from family and friends. The most disconcerting statistic to come out of this survey? The fact that 42% of Americans are worried about negative impacts on their physical and mental health.
Screen Stress and Mental Health
Science is proving that there is not only a psychological impact from overuse of technology, but a physical impact as well. Stress from screens dysregulates (disrupts the normal function of a regulatory mechanism) our mind and body. The lights and stimuli from screens stress our anatomy, and screen time causes repeated stress on the Central Nervous System. As a result, we can become angry, impulsive, isolated, aggressive and less empathetic. More and more Americans are becoming addicted to their screens, leading to serious mental health problems.
How can reduce stress caused by technology?
Taking breaks from the screen can go a long way in reducing stress. Your body and brain need human interaction. Try adding right brain activities to your day, such as listening to music, exercising, baking or cooking. And better yet, do these things with another human! Also, unplugging acts as a digital detox, and can help restore the proper function of the Central Nervous System. Here are some ways Americans say they are managing their screen time:
– No devices at the dinner table
– No devices during family time
– Turning off notifications on social media apps
– No devices during time with friends
– Limiting TV time each day
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To read more about the impact of screen stress, read our 3 part series. If you believe you may be addicted to your screen, call us today. We can help.
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