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Mobile Phone Separation Anxiety Is Real and It’s Getting Worse

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You know that uncomfortable feeling you get when your phone rings but you can’t answer it?

Well that feeling is more than a digital itch: it may signal a new technology-driven malady that is impacting your ability to think.

A study by Russell Clayton at Florida State University found that smartphone users who were unable to answer their phones not only felt anxiety, but the ringing itself interfered with their ability to think and complete tasks. The researchers behind the study, The Extended iSelf: The Impact of iPhone Separation on Cognition, Emotion, and Physiology gave subjects word search puzzles to complete. They instructed the subjects not to answer their phone while working on the puzzles, in spite of the researchers calling them throughout…

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