Cell Phone Stress

By: Anna Wagnild
By: Anna Wagnild

As if the holidays weren't stressful enough, a new study suggests that your wallet isn't the only thing causing headaches. Researchers found cell phones can increase psychological distress and cause friction in families. The study says regular cell phone users allowed job worries to spill over into home life and vice versa.

An area psychologist says, just as with all new technologies, we need to learn how to make them more convenient.

"It's fairly new yet in our world and we haven't learned how to manage it," says Dr. Harlan Heinz. "It's maybe still in control of us and we need to learn better how to use cell phones so they're not in control."

If you are feeling overwhelmed, Heinz suggests setting times where you are unavailable by phone.

The study was published in the journal of marriage and family.

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