Yes, there is such a thing as iPhone separation anxiety

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Do you feel nervous when you're away from your iPhone? Photo: Cult of Mac
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With the exception that most of us don’t routinely change our wives or husbands every couple of years for a newer, slimmer model, owning an iPhone can be a lot like being in a relationship.

And just like any relationship, time apart can lead to separation anxiety and other negative psychological effects.

A new study carried out by researchers from the University of Missouri suggests that iPhone users should avoid being parted from their iPhones during daily situations requiring large amounts of attention — such as taking tests, sitting in meetings, or carrying out important work assignments.

“Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks,” says Russell Clayton, a doctoral candidate, who was the lead author of the study.

“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.”

The study found that users who were unable to answer their ringing iPhones while solving simple word search puzzles experienced raised heart rates and blood pressure, alongside anxious and unpleasant feelings.

Performance in these puzzles decreased, compared with performance when iPhone users were in possession of their iOS devices.

Entitled “The Extended iSelf: The Impact of iPhone Separation on Cognition, Emotion, and Physiology,” the paper can be read here (note: paywall). It was first published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication.

Via: Economic Times