Of the 1,245 Brits polled by company Versapak, just over half said they suffered from ‘extreme tech anxiety’ when separated from their favourite gadgets.
Being away from technology caused 37% to feel a ‘lack of control’ and more than a quarter said it made them feel stressed.
Stress and anxiety was down to a fear of being tagged in embarrassing posts by friends, or missing out on invites, trends, or simply seeing what other people are getting up to.
The most common reason people became separated from their beloved gadgets was that people accidentally left them at home, while 57% often suffered a flat battery.
Leon Edwards, Managing Director of the company that carried out the research said: “Being disconnected from technology is surprisingly stressful. There’s often a feeling of missing out, as we worry about what’s going on in the world of work, social media or news without our knowledge.”
People today have an imperative need to be in the know. We are used to receiving a live stream of things going on in the world directly to our pockets. When that is taken away, we can feel detached and left out, which can in turn trigger anxious feelings.
Hypnotherapy can be used to ease clients out of destructive thought patterns. Through suggestive language and relaxation techniques, it is possible to develop a new, positive way of thinking to calm nerves and reduce anxiety. If you find it difficult to put down your gadgets, you might be interested in reading our Internet Addiction page.
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