Smart Phone Separation Anxiety Is Real

Research published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication found the effects of being separated from your phone can be both psychological and physiological. The stress from not having your phone “can negatively impact your mental performance.”

The lead researcher says our phones can actually become an extension of ourselves and when we don’t have it, it’s like a piece of us is missing. While having subjects complete mentally tough puzzles and separating them from their phones, they found diminished mental performance, a jump in blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. These are all significant factors.

Credit: Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

Credit: Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

So what’s their solution? Keep your phone close when completing tasks that involve a lot of attention and mental focus.

Credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN / Getty Images

Credit: PHILIPPE HUGUEN / Getty Images

I always thought it served as more of a distraction. I guess I don’t know squat. Are we addicted to our phones? Probably. Is that a bad thing? Probably (no matter what this study says).

Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

Credit: Justin Sullivan / Getty Images

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