Smartphone use could hurt work-life balance

Hazard, Ky. (WYMT)-- People are increasingly using their cell phones without cords to stay plugged in, at times at the expense of mental and physical health.

This tendency for some to be connected can lead to trade-offs in other areas of life, said Dr. Hobie Dotson, a clinical psychologist for University of Kentucky HealthCare.

"A sense of balance is thrown off," said Dotson. "So they may suffer from not being able to do the things that are most important to them, such as cultivate relationships, and then there's things such as eating healthy and sleep, those sorts of things," Dotson said.

The owner of Treehouse Cafe and Bakery keeps a balance, despite the high number of hours she works and a constantly active cell phone, she said.

"I always have people, even when I'm not at work, I have emails to check, and people contacting me via Facebook, or sending me texts, or calling my phone," said Jennifer Noble.

She is passionate about her job, she said.

"This is my dream. It's what I've always wanted to do, and I enjoy it. I enjoy it very much," Noble said.

Dotson recommends taking breaks and looking at what people find to be important.

"Paying attention to what their overall priorities are," Dotson said. "For example, if they're really trying to say, be happy, maybe the reason they're trying to make money, they may end up sacrificing their happiness in order to be happy, which doesn't work out well."

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