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Smartphone separation could make us dumber : Nomophobia

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Now a days every person has its own smartphone. We all like smartphones too much, perhaps that sticky feeling is so powerful, that when we are apart we begin to feel.. separation anxiety.


A team of scientists from University of Missouri has recently observed from a basic cognitive test that separation from smartphones can have
physiological effects, for example increased heart rate and blood pressure.

Although, Researchers also claimed that when people were temporarily separated from their
smartphones, they seemed to be slightly less intelligent,
underperforming on the tests. They can;t focus on their performance. The final results of the study – titled “The Extended iSelf” – were published in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication.

Russell Clayton, a doctoral candidate and lead author of the study said,”Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks” at press release in the University of Missouri.
“Additionally, 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.”

Forty smartphone users participated to perform two five-minute word
searches performed individually. They were told by
researchers that the objective of the experiment was to test the
reliability of a new wireless blood-pressure monitor. 

Participants completed the first word search with their smartphones easily. For the second test, however, the researchers took the phones
away, telling participants that they were causing a signal interference,
and disrupting the blood-pressure monitor and placed at a distance within the room.

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At the time of second test, the researchers called the phones at minute
three. They made six rings before ending the call. The inability to
answer these phone calls had a measurable impact on the participants.  
Heart
rate and blood pressure increased during the second test, and
participants reported heightened feelings of anxiety and
“unpleasantness”. They were also less adept at the tests, finding fewer
words.
The researchers suggest that attachment to smartphones may be because of the device’s ability to “provide information access, social
interaction, and personal safety”. And they highlight the fear of
missing out (aka FOMO) as a possible explanation for the physiological symptoms, and feelings of anxiety they observed.
Researchers said that its good idea to keep phone your phone nearby while performing concentration tasks like taking a test, in a meeting etc.
This study resulted a new term named as ” NOMOPHOBIA “. It means – no mobile phone phobia.

Source: Newsweek

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