Why Spending A Long Time On Your Phone Isn’t Bad For Mental Health

Before you judge someone for spending a lot of time on their phone, think again. Researchers from several universities found that general smartphone usage is a poor predictor of anxiety, depression or stress. In addition, researchers found that “those who exceeded clinical ‘cut off points’ for both general anxiety and major depressive disorder did not use their phone more than those who scored below their threshold.”

Instead, they found that mental health was associated with concerns and worries felt by participants about their own smartphone usage. Research Dr. David Ells sums it up, saying, “Instead of pushing the benefits of digital detox, our research suggests people would benefit from measures to address the worries and fears that have grown up around time spent using phones.” (EurekAlert!)