"a new study suggests that being separated from your phone can have serious psychological and physiological effects.
As smartphones become even more ubiquitous—as of 2014, 58 percent of all adult American cell phone owners had one—there’s been plenty of backlash against constant connectivity. But don’t put down that phone just yet—a new study suggests that being separated from your phone can have serious psychological and physiological effects.
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Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks. Additionally, 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."
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