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posted by LaminatorX on Friday January 16 2015, @07:14AM   Printer-friendly
from the now-now-now dept.

One of the more prevalent memes in modern day life is that digital technology — like round-the-clock email and friends’ envy-inducing Instagram photos — is stressing us out and making us unhealthy. Now Claire Cain Miller reports at the NYT that a recent study has found the opposite: Frequent Internet and social media users do not have higher stress levels than those who use technology less often. “The fear of missing out and jealousy of high-living friends with better vacations and happier kids than everybody else turned out to be not true,” says Lee Rainie.

The survey of 1,801 adults asked participants about the extent to which they felt their lives were stressful, using an established scale of stress called the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). One unexpected result of the study is that women who frequently use Twitter, email and photo-sharing apps scored 21 percent lower on the stress scale than those who did not. That could be because sharing life events enhances well-being, social scientists say, and women tend to do it more than men both online and off. Technology seems to provide “a low-demand and easily accessible coping mechanism that is not experienced or taken advantage of by men,” the report said. "Just as the telephone made it easier to maintain in-person relationships but neither replaced nor ruined them," concludes Miller, "this recent research suggests that digital technology can become a tool to augment the relationships humans already have."

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  • (Score: 1) by Synonymous Homonym on Friday January 16 2015, @12:23PM

    by Synonymous Homonym (4857) on Friday January 16 2015, @12:23PM (#135342) Homepage

    If you want to try to prove that connectivity stress is a myth, study the connectivity that's reported to be the STRESSFUL KIND.

    It is not just connectivity, but automation increasing workload and pace for the remaining workers in general.

    However, people who like to think of the children claim that said children are frequently stressed out from overuse of their cell phones, texting each other even in class.
    In my not so humble opinion, it is the parents that are stressed out with their progeny not respecting the poorly informed opinions of their elders, and the teachers who compare poorly with Wikipedia.
    Whatever the facts, the claims have been made, and this study addresses exactly those, so will summarily be ignored.

    Councelling for internet addiction is a business, after all.