By Nadia Noir
This is a hypothetical conversation that comes up at the dinner table of many a 30-something: Can you survive without your phone? Most answer “yes” because we’re in that special age-group that had one foot in technology and one foot out.
But according to a recent study published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, you probably can’t, mostly because now people find it impossible to actually think without their phone.
Yep, not having your smartphone can negatively affect your cognitive ability. How did they trick their participants into giving up their phones.
The put a blood pressure gauge on them and had them complete a word search puzzle while they put the iPhone in another room. When they didn’t have their phones, the people did worse on the puzzles.
According to SFist, head of the study and University of Missouri doctoral candidate Russell Clayton said: “Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks. [And] the results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of ourselves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.”
Which is totally sad, but not surprising when most people have a closer relationship with their iPhone than their spouse, family, or best friends.