IPhone Close Keeps Anxiety Away
Offices and schools that ban iPhones may want to think again after new research found that iPhone separation is linked with poor cognitive performance and anxiety. The study, published in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, revealed that separation from phones may have serious physiological and psychological effects on iPhone users. Researchers believe that iPhones become an "extension of ourselves," so when separation occurs, we may experience a "lessening of 'self' and negative physiological state." The researchers say iPhone users should avoid being without their phones in situations that call for a lot of attention like meetings, finishing important work assignments or taking tests. Being without a phone in those situations may cause poorer performance.