With smartphone and social media use at an all-time high, many millennials are worried about the effects of smartphones and social media on their lives. A new survey by the American Psychological Association* revealed that almost 48% of people worry about the negative effects social media could have on their mental and physical health and even though about 65% of Americans agree that a digital detox is important, only 28% implement it.
Our attachment to our smartphones and social media has become so intense that researchers have seen a surge in the amount of “constant checkers”. Constant checkers are people who consistently check their emails, social media accounts, or texts. Researchers have also found that constant checkers suffer from more stress than those who check their social media and smartphones less often. On a scale of one to ten (ten being the most stressed and one being the least stressed), constant checkers had stress levels of 5.3, whilst the average checker had a stress level of 4.4.
The majority of us use social media and technology and though they can make life a lot easier, many people have become somewhat addicted to them and this can cause countless issues in people’s lives. That is why we hold ACT (Addiction Cleansing Therapy) meetings every week at the UCKG HelpCentre.
When people think of addiction, they tend to associate it with alcohol and drugs, however, there are other addictions that people suffer with; from shopping to video games to eating, there are less obvious addictions that also exist. The ACT meetings are to help addicts beat any and every addiction. No matter how unusual or uncommon you think an addiction may be, the ACT meetings are structured to accommodate you. The meetings feature helpful advice and prayers in order to help people take the first steps to freedom.
Held every Sunday at 4pm, many people have already seen the positive effects of coming to the meetings.
If you would like to know more information about the ACT meetings, visit the website or call our 24hr helpline on 020 7686 6000.