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Technology Hurts Relationships, Raises Depression, Anxiety, USU Study Says

KSL.com Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019


A recent Utah State University study showed that too much technology can hurt our most important relationships while raising our levels of anxiety and depression. Dr. David Schramm, an assistant professor and family life specialist, surveyed 631 parents across the United States between the ages of 22-60. “I asked them about technology, especially in the bedroom, and on tables,” Schramm said. “I really wanted to get a better understanding of what parents think about how it’s influencing their parent-child relationship as well as the couple relationship.” ... Schramm said as we head into the holidays and time with extended family, we should focus on putting the phone down and being in the moment. “Thanksgiving is coming up, right? Put away the tech and focus on the turkey,” Schramm said. “Be aware of when you’re on your phone, when you’re on a device or when your child is. Be aware of that. If there’s human interactions that it’s interrupting, then I think we need to re-think about how often, and where we’re using technology.”



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