Cell Phone Attachment
Having a cell phone available to connect with someone almost anywhere has its benefits but what happens when you become too attached to your cell phone? Cell phone attachment can cause several disruptions in your life.
60 minutes recently ran a segment showing just how attached we become to our cell phones. Stress levels will actually increase when you are unable to check your phone.
Can you relate to this?
A study published in Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication showed,
“when iPhone users were unable to answer their ringing iPhone during a word search puzzle, heart rate and blood pressure increased, self-reported feelings of anxiety and unpleasantness increased, and self-reported extended self and cognition decreased. ”
“People’s performance on the puzzle also plummeted compared to when they completed the task with their phones safely in reach.”
Prior studies have shown that there is an increase in blood pressure when a cell phone is lost.
What happens when we feel stressed?
The flight or fight response is activated.
Adrenaline and cortisol are released which increase heart rate and blood pressure.
The cell phone attachment grows
The behavior of constantly checking cell phones becomes repetitive.
People who use their smartphones frequently feel compelled to check their calls, texts, social media alerts and email over and over again.
How long does it take you to get back on track after a distraction?
The answer ranges depending on the study you look at.
One study found that “about 82 percent of all interrupted work is resumed on the same day. But here’s the bad news — it takes an average of 23 minutes and 15 seconds to get back to the task.”
Can programmers make cell phones users check their cell phone more?
Checking your phone more and more increases the cell phone attachment.
According to 60 minutes correspondent Anderson Cooper,
“the companies responsible for programming your phones are working hard to get you and your family to feel the need to check in constantly. Some programmers call it “brain hacking” and the tech world would probably prefer you didn’t hear about it.
The 60 Minute segment uses Snapchat as an example, “Snapchat’s “streaks” feature shows the number of days in a row that two people have traded photos, and the anxiety of breaking a streak is real.”
Some teens will spend 8 hours a day on their cell phone.
Work interference and cell phone attachment
Relationship and cell phone attachment
Researchers from Baylor University found that 46 percent of respondents reported feeling phone snubbed by their partner and nearly 23 percent said it caused an issue in their relationship.
More than 36 percent of participants reported feeling depressed at least some of the time. The findings were published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior.
Sleep disturbance and cell phone attachment
Cell phones can disrupt sleep.
The light from the cell phone can suppress melatonin.
The use of electronic devices before bed use also decreased the total number of REM sleep minutes that participants got. REM sleep is considered the most restorative form of sleep.
Cancer risk and cell phone attachment
Is there a higher risk of cancer for those who often use their cell phones. The actual risk is unclear. Dr Erica from Erica Oncology MD sums up the literature in regards to cancer risks with good supportive literature.
Breaking the cell phone attachment
Set limits for checking and using your cell phone. Start with 30 minutes then work you way up.