The Hidden Stress of Cell Phones

UCHealth’s Susan Cunningham wrote an article regarding the stress associated with cell phone usage in 2018. “It might be said we are addicted to being distracted,” said Victoria Strohmeyer, a registered psychotherapist with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center. “When you check your phone or hear an alert, you activate your sympathetic nervous system, the part of your body that’s always scanning the environment. It gives you a little shot of adrenaline for every interaction.” Given the number of times per day that we check or unlock our phones, and that it takes anywhere from 5-30 minutes for our bodies to return to baseline according to Dr. Strohmeyer, then we are in a certain constant state of stress.

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