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What is stress? There are many causes of stress, of course, but it seems just turning on the TV flips on the stress switch. When we seek news about what’s happening in the economy, we get even more stressed because the news is often so bleak—job losses, industries in collapse, and even stress-related violence in our schools, homes, and workplaces. And it’s no secret financial woes can also wreak havoc on your marriage, thus adding even more stress.
Too many screens
There are plenty of new challenges that confront today’s American family. For example, Mom, Dad, Billy, and Sue might all be under the same roof, but they might as well be on different planets. That’s because each may be glued to his or her own TV screen. Mom may be checking e-mail from work. Dad’s watching a game. Sue may be on Facebook with her friends, some of whom she knows and some of whom she doesn’t. And who knows what Billy may be doing on the computer behind his locked bedroom door! Nothing answers the “what is stress” question more than too many screens. Bottom line: When you’re screening information, you’re screening your loved ones out. Watch out for these signs that you’re more stressed than you realize.