According to an article by the BBC, studies from a Hungarian university show that being without your phone can increase your stress levels. Not only that, but this increase often comes without minutes of the separation.
Interestingly, this stress can be cured by a phone that isn’t even yours; it literally is just a matter of having a phone in your proximity. The study compares it to how a baby can be comforted with a blanket.
The article talks about how the phone is more than just an object. Phones signify a certain social connection that we believe to be imperative. This is why being away from a phone can be stressful; it’s almost like losing your connection to the “outside world.”
I definitely believe that this phenomenon is true. I know that I feel sort of incomplete without my phone, like something is missing. I’m sure that many people can verify that this sort of behavior is true for them, too.
This article speaks to a larger social trend that we are seeing in the 21st century: a heavy reliance on technology. We have become so immersed in the online world that we can bare to exist without it. For those who think that phone addiction is exaggerated, this should certainly change their paradigm.
I think that the purpose of this article is to demonstrate our reliance on technology, and how we internally respond when it is taken from us.
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