Stressed? Maybe you've got too much time

According to researchers, having too much time on your hands can be just as stressful as too little. Photo / Thinkstock
According to researchers, having too much time on your hands can be just as stressful as too little. Photo / Thinkstock

Between family commitments and the pressures of work, few of us feel we get enough "me" time.

But according to researchers, there is one thing that matches the stress of not having enough free time: having too much.

Experts from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio and Baylor University in Texas asked 1329 teenagers how much spare time they had, and how happy they were.

Those who thought they had little free time were often miserable - but teens with plenty of time to themselves soon run out of things to do.

"What is more desirable: too little or too much spare time on your hands? To be happy, somewhere in the middle," the researchers said.

They claimed that too much free time can exacerbate "the negative side-effects associated with living in our consumer-orientated society".

- DAILY MAIL

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