iPhone Separation Linked To Anxiety, Poor Cognitive Skills


New research has found that cell phone separation, particularly from an iPhone, can lead to serious psychological and physiological side effects like anxiety and poorer cognitive performance.

“Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks,” Russell Clayton, a doctoral candidate at the university’s School of Journalism, said. “The results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.”

The study began by informing participants that they would be testing a new wireless blood pressure cuff. The participants were then asked to fill out a crossword puzzle at a computer cubicle in a media psychology lab. During the test, participants were told that their phones interfered with the blood pressure cuff’s Bluetooth and were asked to place their phones farther away in the same room.

During one part of the study, researchers found that those who were unable to answer their phones while solving a simple word search puzzles showed signs of increased heart rates and blood press levels. Feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness were also associated with the broken contact.
Researchers also reported a losel level of puzzle performance when participants were separated from their phones.

Researchers recommended that iPhone users and other smartphone users avoid using their phones during the day, especially during conference meetings, test taking and doing assignments.

Those who conducted the study noted that there isn’t much information or research regarding the separation of people from their cell phones.

The study from the University of Missouri surveyed 40 subjects. It was published in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.

Source: Time / Photo Credit: Flickr


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