Smartphones and tablets: they’ve become constants in our lives and we can’t live without them – without cracking up.
High Tech Texan Michael Garfield says neuroscientists are beginning to catalogue the mental impairments caused by integration of technology into the modern life. Things like nomophobia. “It’s kind of short for no-mobile-phobia. It’s the feeling of panic someone has when they’re separated from their phone or a tablet. It’s actually a real thing,” he says. A British survey found 73% of respondents reported having experienced the heart-pounding panic when they realized they didn’t know where their mobile phone was.
Technoference is also known by the name “phubbing,” which, according to the American Psychological Association, is to snub someone in your presence while giving your undivided attention to your phone or tablet. “When relationships are interrupted by some sort of technology,” Garfield explains. “You’re sitting down and someone texts you, and instead of having that one-on-one conversation with your spouse or your kids you respond, or you’re constant checking your social media.” More than half of all people admit to having done this at least once, which presumably means more than half of all people have had it done to them at least once. 40% of people in one survey admit they have postponed sex because they were checking their phone.
Phantom rings are also startling to a number of people; especially those who keep their phones on vibrate in a pocket. It’s the thought that one could feel, or possibly hear, their phone…expect it’s not. It’s most often the anticipation of a ring, or a subconscious thought about someone who calls.
Scientists are becoming aware of the consequences of integrating modern technology in our lives. They have yet to find a cure.