Feeling more irritable than irresistible lately? You can totally blame your smartphone for that.
British scientists have found that nearly a third of notifications that users receive trigger negative emotions, making them feel more upset, hostile, afraid or ashamed than if they hadn’t picked up the device in the first place.
According to the study from Nottingham Trent University, the majority of these bad mood-inducing pop-ups are work-related or linked to software updates and Wi-Fi availability.
And considering millennials touch their phones 150 times per day on average, this statistic is pretty g-damn alarming.
“While mobile phones and mobile notifications have enhanced the convenience of our life, their obsessive use may have an adverse impact on mental health and wellbeing,” the report states.
But it’s not all doom and gloom for the iPhone addicts among us.
The research – which surveyed 50 participants as they received over half a million notifications over a five-week span – found that getting messages from friends boosted the user’s mood and fostered a sense of belonging.
In short: consider this official permission to switch off from work emails, once and for all.