Sunday, August 2, 2015
Isn't that a clever title? No, I didn't come up with it myself; I saw it in a United in-flight magazine. And, OMG, when I arrived at my destination, I realized my phone was in the purse I'd taken to work, not in the one I had with me Someone at the conference asked if I felt naked, and I had to admit I didn't! What did that mean? Am I out of touch? Do I have fine motor problems affecting my thumbs? I think it means I actually like speaking to people face to face--not on Facetime--but in person. Weird.
Back to the article I read on the plane. It cites a study in the Journal of Computer Mediated Communication which found that "we're so attached to our phones that being away from them can cause a form of separation anxiety, with real-world physiological and cognitive consequences." Perhaps I don't suffer this form of anxiety because a large part of my life was lived with actual dial telephones. Can you guess how old I am? Please don't.
The article I read on the plane ended this way: "...iPhones are capable of becoming an extension of ourselves such that when separated, we experience a lessening of 'self,' and a negative physiological state. Losing your phone, in a sense, is tantamount to losing your head."
Posted by thelmaz at 3:21 PM