I go to the gym 3 days a week and there are 3 items I carry in with me: keys, water and phone. With the weather being so frigid here lately I’ve also been bundling up. So last week I made it into my class and after peeling off all of me layers I realized I didn’t have my phone with me.
With 3 minutes to go until my class was to commence, with the the weather in the single digits outside, the thought did not even occur to me to just carry on and deal with it. I was COMPELLED, almost panicked to get out to my car to find that phone. I told myself I needed it so that I would be reachable if the school needed to call regarding my kids. But like so many others around me, the bottom line is that I don’t go anywhere without that phone. It’s a constant companion, one that I feel incomplete without. And when I saw it under a newspaper in the car I will admit I felt relieved.
I’m sure you won’t be surprised to hear that iPhone separation disorder is now a serious psychological problem. It’s been studied people! Individuals are becoming psychologically and physiologically attached to these little babies and it’s hindering functioning in some. In conducting the study, individuals were asked to answer certain mental puzzles without the use of their phone and the results show that while doing the puzzles without the use of their phone, individuals demonstrated increased level of anxiety, blood pressure and heart rate while at the same time their efficiency in solving the puzzle decreased.
The study was performed at the University of Missouri and was published earlier this month: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/jcc4.12109/full
Can you relate?