So a few months ago I wrote a post on how much my life was affected by the loss of my iPhone. While it’s considered rational to freak out about losing a very expensive item, it’s still something that could easily be replaced and not something to cause much of an issue. As I wrote that post a while back all I could only think about how ridiculous I sounded because my life seemed to orbit around a piece of technology. I questioned whether or not it was okay for me to feel anxiety because my phone wasn’t in my hand and wondered if I was the only one who felt that way.Fortunately a recent study has brought it to my attention that the anxiety I felt is something shared by many.
According to a study conducted at the University of Missouri, “taking away study participants’ iPhone’s caused a measurable stress reaction and led to them perform poorly on simple cognitive tasks.”(CBS NEWS)Through the test they placed the participants phone’s in another room and asked them to answer questions. The participants had many distractions through their testing as they had to sit down and listening to their phones ringing in the other room and not be able to answer it. The study showed that as a result of this many felt anxiety and had increased heart rates. So, in fact the anxiety I felt in those 10 hours might actually be a normal reaction, but I’m not sure how comfortable I feel with that.
I will be the first to admit that I use my phone a lot, however it’s really sad when I realize how much of an effect it has on me. This little device has the capability to alter my mood, increase my heart rate, and overall cause me anxiety just with it’s absence. Within the article many of the descriptions of stress technology can be linked to attachment issues similar to those a child has to it’s mother, which just highlights how much how generation relies on technology. Nonetheless, I think it’s safe to say I’d much rather be attached to a human being rather than a little device that can’t express emotions with me as well.
Understanding and noticing how attached I am makes me truly think twice about how much I will use my phone, and how much I will let it affect me in the future.