WJXT: Stressed by technology? Researcher explains why

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Technostress, the response to an inundation of technology and even social media explains one psychologist on the First Coast. The problem could even have an impact on health.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Hard to escape the pull from the pixels. Technostress, the response to an inundation of technology and even social media explains one psychologist on the First Coast. The problem could even have an impact on health.

"I spend a lot of time looking at screens, honestly, I always have my phone on me," FSCJ student Jordan Kidd said.

"I get distracted easily when I’m using it I probably should be studying," student Tanner Stahlman said.

For some, surrounded by devices, it can be a bit overwhelming. Dr. Benjamin Clark psychologist at Florida State College Jacksonville has studied those effects. He noted that in the worst cases, actual physical stress can be observed.

"Muscle tension, headaches, increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, trouble sleeping, insomnia. These are all classic symptoms of stress," Clark said.

Mostly in older adults Clark explained. As for millennials or those who have grown up around a lot of devices, there may be a higher threshold for being stressed out. Case and point, a few FSCJ students we caught on their devices on campus.

"I’ve used technology for so long that I’m accustomed to it, so I don’t really stress over it too hard," Kidd said.

"It can be addiction for people who use it all the time," Stahlman said.

Clark added that every once in a while, it may be worth taking a digital detox.

"Being actively engaged in social relationships away from our phones and away from our computer is good for us," Clark said.

He also suggests making tech-free zones in your house such as a bedroom or dining room – where you just leave your devices out.

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