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Separation anxiety from your phone is a real thing

Separation anxiety from your phone is a real thing
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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.

Next page: See the study's results
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