Study shows that Apple iPhone withdrawals are real

Study shows that Apple iPhone withdrawals are real
Do Apple iPhone users really become addicted to their phone? Do they suffer physical withdrawals when they don't have their handset near them? The answer to both questions is "Yes" according to researchers at the University of Missouri. Based on the results of tests run by the school, the researchers say iPhone users deprived of their phone can suffer "serious psychological and physiological effects," including scoring poorly on cognitive tests.

To study the effect of iPhone withdrawal, the researchers had 40 subjects do two word search puzzles individually. The first one was done with the iPhone in the user's possession. Before the second puzzle, the researchers created a ruse which allowed them to take the iPhone away from the participant. Researchers then called the subject's iPhone and let it ring continuously. Blood pressure and heart rate readings were monitored during the first test, and while the phone was ringing during the second test. In addition, anxiety levels were also studied.

The researchers found that subjects' blood pressure, heart rate and anxiety rose, and their test scores decreased after the iPhone was removed from the participants. This led the researchers to state that iPhone users should not be without their handset during times when they need to focus "such as taking tests, sitting in conferences or meetings, or completing important work assignments, as it could result in poorer cognitive performance on those tasks." 


The study didn't conclude with the one question that many current iPhone users might be asking themselves. Will they have to go to iPhone rehab? Actually, more convenient than rehab is an app called Moment which we told you about last year. By using a pre-set timer, you can limit the amount of time you spend using your iPhone each day.  Once the pre-set time period is reached, an annoying buzzer goes off. You can use the app to wean yourself off the phone completely, or at least to take your daily usage down to an amount of time that you feel is more appropriate.

source: UniversityofMissouri via BusinessInsider

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46 Comments

1. shamrock

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

no wonder most readers in PA call it fondly 'i' PA.. :D

6. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I hate IPA... I prefer Porter (Random comment of the day) I think I'm the odd ball here. I love my Z2 but i could careless to pick it up when I'm home during the weekend. However, it drives me crazy when I couldn't get to my computer to play a game or two XD

38. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

I use my phone for internet access, when I'm at home I rarely touch my phone.

46. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Same here. I have some apps on my phone but rarely use them until I need to. I guess I love phones but not a heavy user XD

2. shamrock

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

by the way first again

4. g2a5b0e unregistered

It is really time for you to get a life. Seriously. -__-

5. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Agreed bro.

9. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

And here I am thinking the stupid "first" posts died last year.

3. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Overzealous desires to take selfies is finally explained.

7. Sakeem

Posts: 857; Member since: Sep 05, 2012

This is sad for cell phone users on any brand. I'm sure its not limited to just Iphone users. I remember when the term crackberry first came around.

10. Donbenie

Posts: 260; Member since: Aug 04, 2013

Seems to me any Smartphone addict will go into withdrawal if taken away from them,not necessarily IPhone..

11. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

This is a stupid study. Every one is glued to their phones these days and without that comforting weight in their pocket, they feel unbalanced. not just iPhone users...

12. palmguy

Posts: 982; Member since: Mar 22, 2011

So there are iPhone junkies & crack heads.

40. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

:-( Your avatar makes me miss my Pre... Stupid Apotheker!

14. Furbal unregistered

I'd say technology withdrawals as a whole are real. I know I have then.

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

So do I. I'm constantly checking something, and messing with a device. I leave home for coffee, my phones gotta come. Checking Facebook at red lights man, I'm terrible.

18. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

So long as it's only at the lights. There are to many people using them while driving.

22. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's where I draw the line. Don't want to be hurt, or hurt anyone, plus my license is my livelihood. +1

29. Furbal unregistered

Got my pebble for a reason, to keep my phone in my pocket in the car ^_^. I find myself reaching for a phone or tablet for no reason at all, just to turn the screen on and look at it for a second or two to check on stuff. Its terrible.

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31039; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

That's why I want an AppleWatch bro. Prime reason.

16. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

I can relate to this. I don't feel as safe or comfortable when I don''t have my smartphone with me...

34. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Some time i chose to roam around without my phone like lunch break. Because i am eating with my friends and colleagues so i could give them 100% of my attention.

35. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

That's reasonable...

19. hortizano

Posts: 294; Member since: May 22, 2013

I think that this anxiety can be observed with the absence of many other objects that we consider part of our everyday, like our wallet or purse.. it's the value (personal, financial, bussiness related) we perceive from the object the thing that we miss.. Bet you the same thing would happen to someone who gets its Android taken away... or a kid without his fav toy.. and so on and so forth...

20. TAMARETTE

Posts: 182; Member since: Jun 15, 2014

This may be the most mindless study in the history of man. And that's saying a lot.

25. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

You never visited the flat earth society board, have you?

26. ThePython

Posts: 902; Member since: May 08, 2013

You never visited the flat earth society board, have you?

21. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Don't think this has to do with iPhones, but any device that you interact with so much.

23. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I know dude, I miss my pacemaker a lot...

27. The_Innovation

Posts: 648; Member since: Jul 18, 2012

Glad you're doing better now.

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