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28 Aug, 2018

More than Half of U.S. Employees Say Technology Makes Them Feel Isolated

CHICAGO-August 21, 2018 -(BUSINESS WIRE)–More than half of U.S. employees say technology (smartphones, social media, etc.) has resulted in more feelings of isolation, according to ComPsych® Corporation,  which claims to be the world’s largest provider of employee assistance programs.

The poll surveyed the 8 million employees who use ComPsych’s GuidanceResources Online site. There were 12,754 respondents between June 1 and Aug. 1, 2018. The margin of error is +/- 3.5%.

Do you think that technology (smartphones, social media, etc.) has resulted in people feeling more isolated?

  • Yes, it keeps people from being present and having live interactions with others – 57%
  • Somewhat, it can be a distraction from live interactions with others – 38%
  • No, it does not detract from human interaction – 3%
  • I don’t know – 2%

“As the largest employee assistance provider, ComPsych offers computer-based cognitive behavioral therapy (CCBT) to those who prefer it, but we recognize that it’s not a replacement for in-person counseling and the need for personal connection, especially in light of the loneliness epidemic,” said Dr. Richard A. Chaifetz, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ComPsych. ”It’s important for behavioral health providers to offer the full spectrum of treatment modalities and to still encourage face-to-face interaction to address mental health issues.”

For more information, visit www.compsych.com.