Cellular Phones are bad for the World
While the invention of cellular phone technology has made our lives more connected and more accessible, creating a safety net in emergency situations and improved productivity while working out of the office, it has recently been found to impede connections between people on a number of levels. Interestingly enough while surfing the internet on my cellular phone looking for articles to discuss during my class. I stumbled across numerous, meaning two, articles about the same study which definitively proved that cellular phones damage relationships. (Lin, 2012) The first article simply entitled “How your cell phone wrecks your relationship even when you’re not using it” describes a study performed in the U.K. where two strangers were trapped in a small private booth together and asked to speak to each other about a “moderately intimate topic” for 10 minutes. In the room with these strangers are two chairs and off to the side, a small desk. This desk contained an item, sometimes this item was replaced with a non-descript cellular phone. The item, when not a cellular phone is the control item not affecting the results of the conversation in the slightest. This item is usually a notebook. The study asked the participants to fill out a small questionnaire about the closeness experienced with the stranger during their exchange of intimate discussions. The study found that greater closeness was achieved when no cellular devices were present in the encounter. So the researchers performed the study again asking the participants to discuss a “casual topic” for 10 minutes. This study showed no difference in the participants’ survey results between the control items versus the cellular phone as far as loss of trust. However, their results showed that when the phones were present participants had a more difficult time empathizing with their study partners. So studies show that “interacting in a neutral environment,...
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