Could Your Cellphone Be Giving You Anxiety?

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It may sound like a made-up diagnosis, but believe it or not, cellphones are causing anxiety. Actually, maybe it doesn't sound so far-fetched after all. Just think about it: Have you ever been irritated while waiting for a text? If you see someone else is typing over iMessage, do you begin to worry about what they'll say? If so, you're not alone. According to a story in the New York Times, cellphone-induced anxiety is a real thing.

Since teens spend tons of time on their phone — even ranking their phones' importance above dental hygiene — this information may explain some of teens' stress. Sure, stress is caused by a number of factors, but the stress caused by phones is worth being aware of, because maybe there are ways to fix that.

As suggested in the Times article, it may be best to turn off your phone's iMessage function. You're probably better off not knowing the exact moment the other person is typing or reading your message. It just adds unnecessary anxiety.

Cellphones are a topic that we love to debate at Choices. In the September issue, two teens weigh in on whether smartphones are making us stupid. Are teens overly dependent on their phones? Do they actually mess with their emotions and stress levels? Tell us what you think in the comments!


Did you know there’s a health and well-being magazine for teens? Learn more about Choices, and share these stories about phones with your teens, including “RU 2 RUDE 2 B ONLINE?” and “Which one of them is a cyberbully?“!