Smartphones are extremely handy tools that help you do everything from communicate to surf the Web, but are we starting to experience too much of a good thing? A new study from the University of Missouri suggests that iPhone addiction is very real and separation from the Apple gadget could cause owners serious mental issues.
Published on Jan. 8, the study reveals analysis that was carried out on 40 iPhone users to better understand the impact of smartphone usage and "specifically what happens when people are separated from their phones".
Researchers claimed they were studying a new heart pressure monitor but were actually looking at how participants bodies and minds reacted when their iPhones were removed. The participants completed word searches with and without their gadgets, reported on their anxiety levels and were also monitored for heart rate and blood pressure.
According to the researchers, the results were astounding. Not only did the participants suffer physically when their iPhones were removed but mentally, too.
Russel Clayton, a doctoral candidate at MU and lead author of the work, says on the MU website: “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.”
There was also an increase in blood pressure and participants performed worse on the word searches. Sadly, addiction to technology is real. If you or someone you know is suffering from tech addiction, click here to find help.