Without smartphone, some suffer separation anxiety

Study found physical, psychological effects

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Whether you’re at work, multi-tasking at home, or paying your full attention what’s on television, there’s a good chance that your smartphone is within reach. A new study says that a lot of people may feel anxious if it is not.

The new research in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication looked at the effects of being separated from your iPhone. Researchers gave people word search puzzles to complete, and took away some of their phones while they worked on them. They found that people were so subconsciously stressed about not being able to check their phones, or ‘missing’ something, that they didn’t perform as well.

“It’s like part of you, know what I mean?” Richard Sullivan of West Springfield said. “You don’t have it on you, you feel naked without it. Got to have it with you.”

The researchers found that there weren’t just mental impacts, people experienced changes in their physiological states as well. Researchers noted changes in blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety.

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