iPhone separation anxiety can cause smartphone users to feel as though they’re less-empowered to complete cognitive tasks, and make individuals perform more poorly on those tests.
iPhone separation anxiety is a real thing, and apparently the impacts of that anxiety disorder can be wide-ranging, according to researchers from the University of Missouri. The explanation by Russell Clayton, who is the lead author of the study, was quite grim. He said, “Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks.” The study used a series of tests and quizzes in form of puzzles to show the correlation. The results of the study showed just how addicted people actually are to their phones, and just what kind of separation anxiety can occur when that person is forced to be without their iPhone’s.
The study though points out the very obvious point which reveals the lack of data and hard studies which describe just how bad the separation anxiety is, or can be when iPhone users are separated from their devices. The overall lack of evidence though doesn’t suggest that there isn’t a problem. In fact, it points to the opposite. The fact that additional research is necessary on the subject does actually reveal a bit of the problem that obviously exists.
“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,” according to Clayton. To a certain extent, people are becoming so reliant on their mobile devices, as they do more, and more, that those people feel less able to keep their mental being together, and avoid falling apart. In this case that would have meant better performance on those puzzles that signified the ability for individuals who use iPhones to perform better on tests and quizzes.
The cognitive connection between our iPhones and our ability to think and process information is something that many have been concerned about. This actually is not the first legitimate illness that has been born out of technology. In fact, things like phantom vibration – where users feel as though their phone is vibrating even when they don’t have their device, or it isn’t ringing – stems from the notion that users or people become so reliant or used to have their mobile devices on them – that they don’t recognize that their phone isn’t on them.