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Re: Social Networks
« Reply #75 on: January 12, 2015, 09:32:13 am »
I'll put this here, since IMO, this is a social thing... though it's a personal thing?

Like smoking, I just can't wrap my head around this phenomena. I just don't give a flip about my phone.

It's official: iPhone withdrawal anxiety exists and it will make you bad at work

Do you feel anxious and tetchy when you’re separated from your phone? Do you feel like a part of you is missing? You are not alone, a new study shows.

Researchers found that iPhone users who are unable to answer their phone experience a faster heart rate, increased blood pressure, higher levels of anxiety and unpleasantness and even a lower sense of self, all of which decreases their ability to perform thinking tasks.

For the experiment, 40 iPhone users were asked to complete two five-minute word search puzzles, one with their phone next to them and one with their phone in a cubby hole four feet away. During the third minute of the task where the user and the phone were separated, the researchers called the participants’ phones and let them ring for 20 seconds.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, discovered that the participants identified fewer words in the puzzle when they were pining for their phone, and they reported stronger feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness, which was corroborated by physiological evidence of increased blood pressure and heart rate.

The researchers -- the University of Missouri’s Russell B.Clayton, the University of Oklahoma’s Glenn Leshner and Indiana University's Anthony Almond -- pointed to the increasing physical and emotional attachments that humans have with their mobile phones.

Psychiatrists have even coined a new term for this discomfort disorder: Nomophobia, a portmanteau of “no mobile phone” and phobia, which is believed to affect two-thirds of people in the UK and as many as 77pc of 18 to 24 year olds, according to a 2012 report.

The researchers cited a previous study by James Harkin, who proposed that mobile phones have become embedded in modern people’s sense of self because they “‘function as comfort objects, antidotes to the hostile terrain of wider society,’ and have become entities so intimately a part of us that they are capable of representing ‘an extension of our physical selves – an umbilical cord, anchoring the information society's digital infrastructure to our very bodies.’”

When that umbilical cord is cut, even momentarily, the level of psychological and physiological distress is strong enough to kill a person’s concentration and inhibit their ability to work.

It might be worth keeping this on file for the next time your boss tells you off for being on your phone at work.
« Last Edit: January 12, 2015, 09:34:01 am by Mac »
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