Being away from your mobile phone can ruin your concentration, boost your blood pressure and even make you feel sick
- Team found moving away phones resulted in poorer cognitive performance
- Resulted in an increase heart rates and blood pressure levels
- Participants also reported feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness
Mobile phone addiction has become a major problem – and being away from our handsets can impair our cognitive functions and even make us feel physically unwell, researchers have found.
One of the the first major studies to look as what happens when people are separated from their phones has found we perform poorly on mental tasks when our is not nearby.
It found separation can result in an increase heart rates and blood pressure levels as well as feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness.
Researchers studied a number of iPhone users in the test.
‘Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks,’ Russell Clayton, a doctoral candidate at the University of Missouri School of Journalism and lead author of the study in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication said.
‘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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