Hey Millennials: iPhone Separation Anxiety Disorder Makes You … Dumb?

Hey Millennials: iPhone Separation Anxiety Disorder Makes You … Dumb?

Orig.src.Susanne.Posel.Daily.News- millennials.iphone.dumb.anxiety.disorder_occupycorporatismSusanne Posel ,Chief Editor Occupy Corporatism | The US Independent
January 12, 2015

 

The Millennial generation practically grew up with a smartphone in their hands. Now that they are young adults, this obsession may be a psychological disorder.

Researchers at the University of Missouri (UM) released a report conducted on a theoretical test to see if the smartphone is as important as everyone thinks it is.

Participants in the study were given word puzzles involving and not involving using their smartphones.

The researchers told the volunteers that their phones were causing “Bluetooth interference”, and then called the smartphones to distract the participants from finishing their word puzzle.

Noticeable cognitive performance plummeted as the subjects were obviously distracted by their iPhone; checking it every time it rang or beeped.

This caused anxiety in those participants.

The researchers wrote: “When deprived of their iPhones, the study’s participants experienced significant physical changes — elevated heart rate, blood pressure and anxiety — alongside poorer cognitive performance.”

Turns out , not only is the millennial generation (and some Gen Xers) obsessed with their smartphone to the point of displaying mental disorder traits, but without it, their brains malfunction.

Russell Clayton, lead author of the study, said: “Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks.”

The extent of the brain malfunction is palatable. Clayton explains: “The results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.”

Clayton continued: “The results from our study suggest that iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of our selves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of ‘self’ and a negative physiological state.”

Last year, a study produced by MRY showed that Millennials value their phone more than cars.

Shockingly, it was reported that Millennials were more likely to give up their car rather than go without their smartphone.

Zogby Analytics reported in 2014 that “90% of Millennials say their phones never leave their sides” and “80% of Millennials reach for their smartphones” first thing in the morning.

Nielsen Media Group stated that Millennials are the largest group of smartphone owners over the Baby Boomers and Gen X.

An estimated “85% of those aged 18 to 24 owned a smartphone, and 86% of those aged 25 to 34 did.”

These figures are up 80% from previous years with the iPhone being the most popular brand.

After that, 52% of US smartphones are Androids, and 42.7% using “other” phones from Windows to the Blackberry.


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