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Your Cell Phone Could Be Putting You In a Bad Mood

October 5, 2017

Do you ever feel like constant notifications from your phone could cause a bad mood? A new study actually backs this theory up.

If you asked me last week, I would have said maybe a bit. After the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday, I completely think that notifications can change our moods. I woke up Monday morning at 5:15am to a ton of notifications from CNN and other news organizations about the carnage in Vegas. Seeing scary news like this first thing or anytime during the day can bring about fear, anxiety, sadness, and helplessness. 

Scientists agree that these notifications DO have a bad effect on our moods. Researchers at Nottingham Trent University found that 1 in 3 notifications impacted our moods negatively. That means that 33% of notifications "resulted in negative emotions, triggering users to feel hostile, upset, nervous, afraid or ashamed."

I would think breaking news updates about huge storms, mass murder, and threats of war would top the list of the ones that had the worst effect on our moods.

Surprisingly, they say that Wi-Fi availability and phone update notifications put us in the worst mood.

Social media notifications, on the other hand, made us happy because they are related to comments or likes we get on a photo or post. 

How are news notifications not #1 on this list?