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Is Your Cell Phone Making You a Jerk?
Cell phones connect you socially, but they may also make you less socially minded.
Cell phones keep us socially connected, but new research suggests they actually reduce users’ social consciousness. In fact, the study showed that cell phone use was linked to more selfish behavior.
Researchers from the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business found that after a short period of cell phone use, people were less likely to partake in “prosocial” behavior — actions that are intended to help another person or society — compared with a control group. For example, after using a cell phone, study participants were more likely to turn down volunteer opportunities and were less persistent in completing word problems, even though they knew their answers would provide money for charity.
The same drop in prosocial tendencies occurred even when participants were simply asked draw a picture of their cell phones and think about using them.
“[S]ocial connection is sort of like eating. When you are hungry, you seek out food. When you are lonely, you seek social connection. When the experience of social connection is elevated, we feel socially ‘full’ and have less desire to seek out other people and see them in a way that treats them as essentially human,” [says lead author Adam Waytz].
A similar psychology may affect our everyday interactions. “People talk about being overextended, having too many dinner dates, coffee dates, meetings. They feel depleted,” says Waytz. “We think this plays into our findings. Even though you are extremely socially connected, at some point, it comes at the expense of the ability to consider the full humanity of those around you.”
Originally posted by N3k9Ni
It's not the phones. It's texting, facebook, twitter and whatever else they use to disconnect from immediate social surroundings and immerse themselves in a virtual space.
Originally posted by CALGARIAN
Yes, I am.
So when I don't reply right away they think I'm being an @$$.