Alarming trends show that young adults in the Netherlands report an increase in stress and burnout-symptoms (RIVM, 2018). Although not the only factor, a potential contributor could be the fact that smartphones have become omnipresent and permeate our daily lives with constant input. In addition, adolescents are worried about their own phone use, stating that they spend too much time behind screens (NJI, 2019; CcaM, 2019). However, despite popular claims, there is currently no evidence for a causal relationship between smartphone use, stress and burnout-symptoms.
Moreover, no study has tested whether reducing smartphone use will actually improve symptoms of stress and burnout. Therefore, we are testing a smartphone-cutback intervention designed to limit smartphone-based use and interruption of daily activities, and investigate the effects on burnout-symptoms and mental wellbeing.