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More Smartphone Use = More Stress

More Smartphone Use = More Stress

POSTED: Friday, January 13, 2012 - 3:38pm

UPDATED: Saturday, January 14, 2012 - 7:14pm

Using your smartphone may not be the smartest move -- new research suggests the more you use it, the more you're stressed!

Researchers in Britain studied a group of 100 adults. They all filled out surveys regarding their phone use, and underwent tests to assess their stress levels.

Researchers found that using a smartphone for work was not linked to increased stress -- but checking it to keep up with your social life, sometimes leads to compulsive phone use.

The more participants used their phones for social reasons, the more they reported feeling stressed.

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Stress of all kinds is a natural part of life (Job 5:7, 14:1; 1 Peter 4:12; 1 Corinthians 10:13). But how we deal with it is up to us. If we choose to try to do it on our own we face a long, uphill battle that will not end well. The only way we can deal with stress is with Jesus Christ, first by believing in Him. Without believing in Him we are our on our own, and success in coping with stress is almost impossible.

The starting point for dealing with stress is Jesus Christ. Jesus offers us great encouragement in John 14:1: "Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.” We desperately need Him in our lives. We need Him because He is the only one who can give us the strength to cope with the troubles in our lives.

Believing in Him does not mean that we will have a trouble-free life or that we will not succumb to stress in our lives. It simply means that a life without Jesus Christ makes coping with stress an impossible and often debilitating task.

Believing leads to trusting. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Leaning on “our own understanding” often means adopting the world’s ways of relieving stress—things like alcohol or drugs or mindless entertainment. Instead, we are to trust His Word as our ultimate guide to a stress-reduced life.

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