If You Lose Your Smartphone, You May Lose Your Mind

January 13, 2015

2:30 pm

I will be the first to admit that I’ve felt distress without my smartphone at work. And I’m not the only one. According to a recent study, people suffer from separation anxiety which may impact our cognitive abilities. That’s right, when we lose our iPhones we freak out and become stupid.

“Among the key findings from this study were that when iPhone users were unable to answer their ringing iPhone during a word search puzzle, heart rate and blood pressure increased, self-reported feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness increased, and self-reported extended self and cognition decreased,” according to the report.

Researchers explained that the without their phones, the study’s participants experienced significant physical changes.

“These findings suggest that negative psychological and physiological outcomes are associated with iPhone separation and the inability to answer one’s ringing iPhone during cognitive tasks. Implications of these findings are discussed.”

With 80% of adults owning smartphones, this is an interesting look at the relationship between people and their devices.

 

80 smartphone users

 

We already know that we are very dependent of our smartphones, but the psychological effect they have on us, that’s what makes this research important. It definitely explains this picture, where President Obama ran back for his Blackberry:

 

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Meaning, if you have important meeting, make sure to have your smartphone on you.

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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