Hugh: Reducing Smartphone Use by One Hour a Day Lowers Depression and Anxiety, Increases Exercise

Published on April 21st, 2022 @ 6:20 PM


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Could you bear to cut your smartphone use down? Researchers from Germany found cutting smartphone use by just one hour per day left people feeling less anxious, more satisfied with life, and made them more likely to exercise. Participants who used their phones for one hour less a day for the week-long experiment also reported reduced symptoms of depression, and lowered nicotine consumption. Participants who abstained from using their phones completely for the duration of the experiment reported they used their smartphones an average of 38 minutes less per day even four months after the experiment ended. Study leader Dr. Julia Brailovskaia says, “It’s not necessary to completely give up the smartphone to feel better.”

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