iPhone Separation Anxiety Is Real

The Huffington Post – Damon Beres

You might think you’re doing yourself a favor if you leave your phone behind when you head to an important meeting or dinner with the in-laws, but a new study suggests just the opposite is true.

According to new research from the University of Missouri, being separated from your iPhone can lead to “physiological anxiety” and “poor cognitive performance.”

The study, “The Extended iSelf: The Impact of iPhone Separation on Cognition, Emotion, and Physiology,” was published online Thursday in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication. Researchers recruited a total of 40 iPhone-using participants from three journalism courses at a “large university” in the Midwest. (iPhones were selected because it’s easy to disable the device’s “silent mode,” researchers wrote.) Then, they ran a couple of experiments. Read More