'Everywhere you look these days, people are staring down into the LED abysses of their smart phones, often interacting on social media with their “friends” and “connections” while ignoring the actual human beings that exist all around them in the flesh. Well, a new study has largely concluded the obvious about this disturbing trend, suggesting that all of this wireless technology use is destroying our relationships with one another in the real world.
After looking more closely into the psychology behind why people might be more drawn to a glowing screen than to actual flesh and blood, David Sbarra from the The University of Arizona and his collaborators from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan, claim that it has to do with the perception of increased connectedness that smart phones seemingly provide.
Citing the alleged evolutionary history of humanity, the conclusion these researchers arrived at centers around the idea that human beings have long relied upon close, interpersonal relationships within the confines of smaller, closely-knit circles of family and friends for survival. And since a major component of this involves sharing personal information with one another, social media and constant digital connectedness simulates this important bond-building, which is why people are drawn to it.
As reported by Science Daily, smart phones, and the 24/7 access they provide for text messaging and social media use, make the sharing of personal information easier and faster than when such devices didn’t exist. As a result, people addicted to their use are prone to grabbing their phones whenever that urge arises, even if doing so means ignoring the actual people who are right in front of them.'
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