A new software update for your mobile device could boost your productivity, according to a new study.
Key points:A study from the University of New South Wales suggests that the ability to update apps is important in managing stressThe study, titled “App update speed improves stress resilience in stressed workers” looked at data from a large Australian study of over 11,000 people who had experienced stress in their daily life.
The researchers found that people who received an update from their mobile device were less likely to report anxiety and depression than those who did not receive the update.
“We found that, when it came to stress, people who experienced stress on their phones tended to have more stress related symptoms, particularly for stress related behaviour such as anger, agitation, or irritability,” Dr John D’Agostino, the lead author of the study, said.
“For example, those who had been in stressful situations in the past were more likely to have been irritable and have a history of anxiety, depression and stress.”
Dr D’AGOSTINO said the results suggest that the app update can be a useful tool in managing a stressful situation, and there is no reason to stop using your smartphone.
“You might think that if your phone is your stress reliever, you’re going to be more productive, but if you’re using it to manage your stress, you might be more stressed,” Dr D’agostino said.
The study looked at a wide range of subjects, including people in jobs that involve stress, including teachers, nurses, healthcare workers, teachers and business staff.
“The more stress you experience, the less likely you are to have a positive effect on your productivity,” Dr Kelsi O’Connor, the study’s lead author, said in a statement.
“Our results suggest this could have an effect on people’s health, and on productivity, in addition to their overall well-being.”
The study was published in the journal Appetite.