A new study shows that people who are constantly glued to their phones checking their messages and taking calls are unhappier than those who don’t.
The study also suggests that those who are constantly checking their phones, lest they missed a precious message or call, suffer from higher anxiety levels and even lower grades.
The research was based on 500 students and it monitored their daily phone usage assessing how it influenced their outlook on life. It was found that avid mobile phone users who want to be well connected with friends end up worrying that they haven’t been in touch enough.
The study carried out by Jacob Barkley, Aryn Karpinski and Andrew Lepp contradicts previous similar studies which suggest that constant mobile phone users feel less isolated and are better at social interaction.
One of the students who took part in the study said: “The social network sometimes just makes me feel a little bit tied to my phone. It makes me feel like I have another obligation in my life.”
The scientists used a conventional clinical measure to gauge the anxiety of each of the participants. Lepp said: “There is no me time or solitude left in some of these students’ lives and I think mental health requires a bit of personal alone time to reflect, look inward, process life’s events, and just recover from daily stressors.”
The participants were all students aged between 18 and 22 and the new research seems to be conclusive in its assertion that constantly monitoring your mobile phone is not a good thing especially if you are a worrier by nature.
What do you think of the results of the study? Do you feel that checking your mobile phone for messages, emails and calls makes you worry more or does it have no effect, that you’ve noticed, on your life?
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