Social media allows people to stay connected with their friends and family even if they are miles away. There are other benefits of such a product like discovering new events, creating groups about a certain topic, staying informed and sharing with the world special moments. On the other hand, scientists found that these platforms can affect the mental health of Americans. The American Psychological Association found that those people who are constantly checking their digital social updates are more stressed than others.
On Thursday, the American Psychological Association released a report entitled Stress in America: Coping with Change. The paper discovered that about four out of five American adults confessed that they feel an urge to check their texts, social media accounts, and emails several times a day. This means that around 86% of U.S. citizens are developing a dependent behavior towards devices. This attachment can represent a more powerful source of stress for Americans than any others.
There were 3,511 American adults aged 18+ who participated in an online survey that lasted between August 5th and August 31st, 2016. One of the findings of the survey notes the fact that constant checkers as the people who use devices several times a day to check for emails, texts, and notifications are more stressed than the others. When they had to answer how stressed they are on a 10 point scale, where 1 is no stress at all and ten is extremely stressed, this segment of the American population pointed on average at a 5.3 grade. By comparison, those who do not check their social media profiles so often scored 4.4 points. The worst segmented affected by stress represents the employees that check their work emails constantly during their off days and who scored 6.0 points.
The associate executive director for practice research and policy at APA, Lynn Bufka, is convinced that modern lifestyle is entirely different from what it used to be. Based on data, almost all Americans have at least one modern device that they use to be active online. However, Bufka’s opinion is that while technology provides numerous solutions to everyday problems, it can also affect users from a physical and mental point of view. However, Americans are still not fully aware of this negative effect.
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