March 9th, 2017
(Dr. Mercola) It’s only been a little over a decade since Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were created, and 10 years since the launch of the iPhone. The iPad, Pinterest and Instagram have only been around for seven years, Snapchat six.
Yet in this short timeframe, Americans’ use of technology and social media has grown at a striking pace.
The American Psychological Association’s (APA) 2017 Stress in America survey reported that only 7 percent of U.S. adults used social media in 2005. By 2015, that had grown to 65 percent (and 90 percent among 18- to 29-year-olds, up from 12 percent in 2005).2
Every month, more than 2 billion users sign on to Facebook and Instagram, revealing their massive following. Also revealing, 86 percent of U.S. adults own a computer, 75 percent an internet-connected smartphone and 55 percent a tablet, according to the APA survey.
What’s more, today about half of U.S. adults say they can’t imagine life without their cellphones, yet their ability to keep you online and connected 24/7 has its downfalls, especially if you’re a “constant checker.”…