Cell phones damage family life, says study

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Cell phones are intruding on family life, a new study says. Research published in December issue of the Journal of Marriage and Family finds that both men and women have higher levels of stress and "decreased family satisfaction" because their cell phones and pagers tie them to their jobs more than ever before. (E-mail was not included in the study.) Work not only intrudes on home life through cell phones, but for women the reverse is also true. The study found that women also have problems when home life intrudes while they're at work, and with cell phones they find themselves "on call" at any point in the day.

"The question is, are these technologies helping us or hurting us in our daily life," said the study's lead author. "The results of this study indicate that technology may not be so great."

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