More than eight in 10 Americans are addicted – not to drugs or gambling, but to their phones.
According to a new report from the American Psychological Association (APA), 86 percent of Americans say they are constantly checking their emails, texts or social media accounts on an average day.
And it’s getting to them.
Researchers surveyed more than 3,500 adults and found that “constant checkers”—or those who consistently glance at their phones in the run of a day—had higher levels of stress than those who spent less time checking their gadgets. Almost one fifth of Americans say technology causes them stress.
Social media is largely to blame, with 42 percent of constant checkers saying they’re stressed out by the political and cultural conversations taking place on their newsfeeds.
Moreover, 42 percent of constant checkers also said they were concerned about social media’s impact on their mental and physical health, while only 27 percent of people who were less hooked on their gadgets felt the same way.
They may have reason to be concerned, according to the report, which found that 44 percent of constant checkers felt disconnected from their loved ones.
There’s something to be said for a willingness to change, however, as about 65 percent of Americans think a digital detox would be beneficial.
Unfortunately (and perhaps unsurprisingly) only about a third of people actually go through with such a thing. It seems our pockets weigh us down more than we might care to think.
h/t Men's Health