04/17/2015 10:10 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

All The Ways Technology Can Influence Our Happiness

If we're not careful, our smartphones and other devices can result in fatigue and even feelings of depression.

But our screen-centric world isn't all bad. Social media has the power to spread positivity -- remember this feel-good story about how the Internet rallied behind a little boy with leukemia who wanted to become Batman? And according to a Pew Research Center survey, 67 percent of respondents said they felt the Internet actually strengthened their relationships with others.

The key difference between stress and bliss is using our devices mindfully.

Happify, a website dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, rounded up the many ways screen use affects our happiness in the infographic below. Take a look at it on your digital device (then use that device to call your mom).

--Lindsay Holmes

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