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Published August 03, 2012, 11:30 PM

Hot Topics: Phones’ factors in stress identified

A study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project illuminates the four key points of stress that come from human/phone interaction.

By: Source: “Technoblog” on MSNBC.com, INFORUM

A study by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project illuminates the four key points of stress that come from human/phone interaction.

1. Dropped calls

Seventy-two percent of users experience them at least occasionally, says Pew, and 32 percent of cell owners say they get them a few times a week or more.

2. Sales and marketing intrusions

Sixty-eight percent of cell owners complain of calls, and a quarter of cell owners say they get them at least weekly.

3. Text spam

About the same number of people suffering from verbal calls are also getting it via text messages, probably for the same basic reasons.

4. Slow connections to the Internet

Of the 55 percent of cellphone users who do stuff on the Web, or use email and apps, more than three quarters of them occasionally find slow download speed to be a pain.

What SheSays: Cell phones only add stress to those who place too much importance on them.

Sure, it’s great to be able to check Olympic standings while waiting in line or make a call from anywhere, anytime. But as a society we are becoming too dependent on our mobile devices and placing too much importance on them being in our pockets at all times.

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