Test shows that cellphone users think clearer and are more confident with their phone within reach

Test shows that cellphone users think clearer and are more confident with their phone within reach
Do you feel more confident and alert when you have your handset nearby? A test was conducted on iPhone users aged 18 to 24. The results showed that those in that age group will score better on a cognitive test, if they know that their handset is right beside them. If the phone is placed in the opposite corner of the room, the test subjects are likely to score lower on the test.

Three men, one from FSU, another from the University of Oklahoma, and the third from Indiana University, had test subjects work on two-word search puzzles. They were told that the person who found the most words would win a gift card. About halfway through the scheduled test time, the subjects were told to stop, place their phone in a corner of the room, and resume searching for the words. During the first half of the test, when they had their phones with them, the average participant found nine words. During the second half of the test, with the handsets nestled in a corner, away from their owners, the average participant could find only six words.

Besides a possible change in confidence and mental clarity, not being right next to your phone can actually bring on physical changes. The test found that when participants heard their iPhone ring, but couldn't answer it, their blood pressure and heart rate would rise. The testing was done one person at a time, so there was no fear among those tested that their handset would be stolen.

Dr. Russell Clayton from FSU, says that the test shows that having your phone with you at all times is not as bad as some believe it to be. He says that telling those who are always with their cellphone to leave it at home, is not the answer. He says that these people can bring the phone with them at all times, as long as they limit distractions.

source: WSJ



1. DirtyDan23

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2. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Wouldn't Affect Me At All.

3. zeeBomb

Posts: 2318; Member since: Aug 14, 2014

Whoaaaaa. So I can be like Einstein when my phones near me, and without it I'm just a normal being?

4. Tizo101

Posts: 595; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

iPhone owners lol

9. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Thats alone say it all... Now Apple also control your brain xD

5. GeorgeAF

Posts: 88; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

How about they first start with putting the phone in the corner and have the subjects tested and halfway through give them their phones back. I doubt they got 6 words in the second half because their phones were not close to them. Everyone knows that the more words you find in a puzzle the harder it is to find the remaining ones as the odds work against you for each word you find. Its just simple logic

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Yeah, this is such a bad control into the experiment. It is a fail.

6. miketer

Posts: 537; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

This study is such an irrelevant and stupid one, for the following reasons - a) Any person who's hooked to his phone, will feel a little apprehensive, a little jittered when someone, suddenly, without prior notification instructs to keep his phone away. A very small percentage of doubt, anxiety, regarding the safety of the phone, or whether it's locked, etc. A hundred miniscule thoughts comes through for a certain period of seconds I should say, which is more than enough to disrupt your thought flow or concentration in an exam. It's not because the person is smarter when the phone is near. It's just like a student been suddenly told to part away from his compass box or kit that he brought with him for his test paper and suddenly the supervisor tells them to keep their kit away in the far corner of the room and continue the exam. Small anxiety levels will arise. b) Regarding heartbeat and blood pressure - it's very normal for cellphone addicts to answer every call, devoid of it's importance. People with such behaviour will give a cellphone ring the first priority than the actual conversation or circumstances that's happening at that moment. Hence, you'll see rise in impatience, anxiety etc., but nothing to get worried about..medically. c) Damn, most of all, all such issues is not concerned with an Iphone at all, it can be with any phone.....gooood loorrdddd. You know what folks, let me stop here. I feel like a fool responding to such articles.

10. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well you have good point all around but i would like to see this test done on others brand of phone. Personally i use android and when my phone ring i dont want to take the call past 17 pm as i get more than enuf calls all day long. When my phone if far from me i feel same way as when its with me. Also there is not much stress to loose it its as its dont cost an arm to get replacement. I think iphone user are more prone to this as at least some of them are so in love with the iphone thats they are often in denial about lots of thing concerning the iphone and others handset. Still its would be nice to see the ratio of ppl affected by this test using an iphone vs the ratio of ppl affected by this test using an android or other brand.

11. miketer

Posts: 537; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Hmm, getting attached to their iPhones is a point

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