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Social Media Are Driving Americans Insane

Almost half say they are “constant checkers.”
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Our Social Media Accounts Are Driving Us Crazy

If you pull out your phone to check Twitter while waiting for the light to change, or read e-mails while brushing your teeth, you might be what the American Psychological Association calls a “constant checker.” And chances are, it’s hurting your mental health. 

Last week, the APA released a study finding that Americans were experiencing the first statistically significant stress increase in the survey’s 10-year history. In January, 57 percent of respondents of all political stripes said the U.S. political climate was a very or somewhat significant source of stress, up from 52 percent who said the same thing in August. On Thursday, the APA released the second part of its findings, “Stress In America: Coping With Change,” examining the role technology and social media play in American stress levels.