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Losing smartphone is as stressful as a terrorist attack: Study

Raghu Kshitiz

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LONDON  — Losing a smartphone is as stressful as a terrorist attack, a new study by the Physiological Society, which got men and women across the country to rank life events on a scale of stressfulness, reveals.

The nationwide survey in the United Kingdom was carried out by The Physiological Society, in partnership with the polling firm YouGov, and 2,000 British adults were surveyed.

The researchers asked the participants how stressed they would feel about a range of events, with the death of a loved one and serious illness, quite expectedly, receiving the highest marks for stress levels.

Based on the survey of 2,000 people, the findings showed that life-changing events such as losing a partner were ranked highest for stress — but that everyday events also ranked surprisingly high, such as, moving to a bigger house, going on holiday, and planning a wedding.

Then comes divorce, identity theft, financial problems, and even some events that would seem to be happy ones, but can still cause a lot of stress: starting a new job and giving birth to one’s first child.

There were, however, some surprising findings. The threat of a terrorist attack received a score of 5.84 – only slightly more stressful than losing a smartphone (5.79). Naturally, younger people seemed to be more worried about going without their smartphones.

Researchers believe this is the result of living in 2017, with modern life adding “some stresses that would not have been imagined 50 years ago such as the pervasiveness of social media and smartphones meaning we are connected 24/7.”

Participants were also asked to list some stressful events that they believe the survey had missed, and the most frequent responses were: car breakdowns, waiting in traffic, busy motorways, road rage, and riding with a careless driver.

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Now, age 10-24 is the new adolescence period: Lancet study

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Gradual changes in biological growth and social role transitions — coupled with delayed marriage and parenthood — have pushed back the period of adolescence between ages 10-24 rather than the previously known 10-19 years, according to a study,conducted by Lancet.

The study, published in the journal Lancet Child & Adolescent Health Friday, revealed that an early puberty has accelerated the onset of adolescence in nearly all populations, while understanding of continued growth has lifted its endpoint age well into the 20s.

The past century has seen drastic changes in the definition of adolescence, which encompasses elements of biological growth and major social role transitions.

“Rather than age 10-19 years, a definition of 10-24 years corresponds more closely to adolescent growth and popular understandings of this life phase and would facilitate extended investments across a broader range of settings,” said study lead author Susan M Sawyer from the Centre for Adolescent Health at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

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As a result of lifestyle changes, genetics and environmental factors, early puberty for girls at age 8-10 is the new ‘normal’.

While menstruation is a natural process, an early puberty results in various health issues, like depression and behavioural issues as well as the risk of cardiovascular disease and some cancers.

Similarly, young adults continuing their education for longer period, delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.

“The transition period from childhood to adulthood now occupies a greater portion of the life course than ever before at a time when unprecedented social forces, including marketing and digital media, are affecting health and well-being across these years,” Sawyer noted.

An expanded and more inclusive definition of adolescence is essential for developmentally appropriate framing of laws, social policies and service systems, the researchers added.

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