Do You Need a Digital Detox?

How often do you check your smartphone over the course of an average day?   And how stressed does this checking leave you feelings?  A new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association suggests that our relationship with technology and social media can have a major impact on stress and health.

Conducted online by Harris Poll on behalf of the American Psychological Association,  the Stress in America survey provides a nationwide snapshot of stress, health, and technology use.   As a followup to previous surveys, 3,511 adults who reside in the United States were questioned about technology use, stress, and well-being between August 5 and August 31, 2016.   Survey results showed that virtually all adults (99 percent) owned at least one electronic device (including a television), 86 percent owned a computer, 74 percent own a smartphone connected to the Internet, and 55 percent owned a tablet.

Overall, social media use has skyrocketed over the past ten year going from 7 percent in 2005 to 65 percent in 2015.   For young adults (age 18 to 29), this is even higher with ninety percent reporting social media use.  Facebook remains the most popular social media platform with 79 percent of respondents reporting using it in 2016.  Other popular platforms include Instagram (32 percent), Pinterest (31 percent), and Linked In (29 percent) and Twitter (24 percent). 


To read more, check out my new Psychology Today blog post. 





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