A new study by researchers at the University of Missouri has found that people who are separated from their iPhones can suffer serious side effects.
The study asked iPhone users to solve word search puzzles and not answer their ringing phones. The researchers say these folks experienced increases in anxiety, heart rates and blood pressure, noted CBS St. Louis.
However, when people had their iPhones in their possession, they performed the word search puzzles better.
People in the study were not told the study was about them and their iPhones, but rather a new wireless blood pressure cuff.
The test subjects were allowed to keep their iPhones during the first word puzzle test, but then told they had to place them away during the second test because “Bluetooth interference” was causing problems with the wireless blood pressure cuff.
“Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks,” Russell Clayton, the study's lead author, said in a statement, reports Newsweek. “Additionally, the results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of ourselves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.”
Sources: Newsweek, CBS St. Louis / Image Credit: iPhone Product Picture by Apple