New survey shows the ‘constant checker’ epidemic is real
According to a survey provided by the American Psychological Association (APA) in February, about 90 percent of the people aged between 18 and 29 are using social media, while nearly all adults (99 percent) own at least one electronic device.
Among all social platforms, Facebook is the most frequently visited, with 79 percent adults using it last year, according to the survey.
However, the APA report said: “Technology has improved life for many Americans, and nearly half of this country’s adults say they can’t imagine life without their smartphones. At the same time, numerous studies have described consequences of technology use, including negative impacts on physical and mental health.”
The researchers identified a group of people so attached to their devices that they are constantly checking their emails, texts or social media accounts.
APA claimed that the emerging profile, well known as “constant checker,” reported higher stress levels than their less-connected peers.
On a 10-point scale, with one being little or no stress and 10 being a great deal of stress, this group reported overall stress levels of 5.3 compared to an average of 4.4.
The report said: “For some, constant checking itself can be a stressful act. Constant checkers are more likely to say that constantly checking devices is a stressful aspect of technology, compared to non-constant checkers (29 percent vs. 24 percent, respectively).”
The survey also found that many millennials are concerned about how much time they spend on social media. Nearly half of them (48 percent) think their addiction to social media is having a negative impact on their mental and physical health.
As a consequence, millennials appear to be the most concerned about the consequences of a device’s overuse.
Some 65 percent of young Americans agreed that periodically “unplugging” or taking a “digital detox” from time to time is important.
Although the majority wants to switch off, the report added that only 28 percent of those who agree on the importance of a detox are actually doing so.