Can’t leave home without it? –

Sept. 5, 2018 – The researchers found that, regardless of age, culture or gender, “mobile devices loaded with social media, email and news apps, were creating a constant sense of obligation, generating unintended personal stress.” The results showed that this stress was both a result of the addictive nature of the devices, and the apps they carry, as well as the external and social obligation of being perpetually contactable and expected to respond. While planned disconnections from devices were beneficial to mitigating this stress, the study found that when this occurred outside of a user’s control (such as a depleted battery), they felt further stress due to FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out).

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