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Even Just the Presence of a Smartphone Lowers the Quality of In-Person Conversations
Posted: 16-Jul-2014 [Source: Pacific Standard]

[This study addresses the social impacts of smartphone use.]

Tom Jacobs -- “Staying connected” is the unspoken mantra of the smartphone generation. We now have the ability to instantaneously link up with nearly any information source, and tap into a live feed of what’s happening in our social circle.

However, critics have long warned that this non-stop barrage of news and trivia is inevitably distracting, making it more difficult to maintain the focused attention necessary for truly meaningful communication.

Luddite nonsense? Actually, no. Newly published research suggests that the mere presence of a cell phone or smartphone can lessen the quality of an in-person conversation, lowering the amount of empathy that is exchanged between friends."

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