Thursday, January 05, 2006

Cellphones and stress

According to a study reported in the Journal of Marriage and Family, cellphones worsen stress, primarily by blurring the boundary between home and work.

Interviews with working couples — many with children — revealed that cellphone use tends to decrease family satisfaction and increase distress. "People felt they couldn't turn them off," says Noelle Chesley, a sociologist at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, who conducted the study. "I couldn't find evidence of benefits."

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