#Textiety: Is texting culture giving us anxiety?

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Writing is a very therapeutic and self-reflecting practice that allows me to learn a lot about myself.

Until I began my research for this article, I did not know there were in fact plenty of blog posts, articles and even peer-reviewed journals out there on the phenomenon of texting anxiety.

Although I didn’t feel I was entirely alone in suffering from texting anxiety, I didn’t think the problem was relevant enough to grant clinical terms, such as textiety and textaphrenia.

Text messaging is an essential part of communication that is a quick and convenient method to stay connected with our friends, family, and acquaintances.

Despite being a useful mode of communication, the expectation to be reachable and responsive 24/7, literally, can be very stressful and overwhelming to some. Textiety refers to the anxious feeling one gets from not receiving or sending text messages.

Mental health professionals are starting to see anxiety around texting show up in their practice, and it is now part of a new area of research and treatment related to mobile devices and online communication.

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Social media and mental health

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It has become apparent that we can no longer talk about mental health without also mentioning how our increasing addiction to technology, digital devices, and various online platforms can negatively impact our mental well-being.

Increasingly, studies show the negative effects of social media on our mental health and mental well-being [1]. 

According to a report by Homewood Health, the more time a person spends on social media sites, the more likely they are to suffer from a host of mental health issues. What was more alerting was that such link between social media use and mental health issues was more pronounced for children and teens [4].

Another study also found an increase in teen depression corresponded with technology use, which some are referring to as Facebook depression.

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