A new study from the University of Missouri found that people can suffer serious psychological and physiological effects when separated from their phones. Despite the fact that our collective cell phone obsession is the world’s favorite thing to talk about, very little research exists on what happens when our iPhones are taken away from us. Based on this study’s results, researchers are suggesting that people actually keep their phones on hand when doing a task that requires heavy focus like taking tests, sitting in meetings, and carrying out work assignments – if a person is too preoccupied stressing over not having their phone, they’re more likely to have worse cognitive performance on the task. Even weirder is this statement to Science Daily from study lead author Russell Clayton: “Additionally, 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.” Unsettling, right?
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Between Gaston’s push-up contest and this video, I feel like people who are paid to wear costumes are totally owning this week.
At Saturday’s Bulls-Celtics game, a woman got mad at her boyfriend (husband? It’s unconfirmed) for not getting off his cellphone to kiss her for the Kiss Cam. In swoops Benny the Bull to carry her off in his arms. Boo-yah, cellphone douche! Keep reading »
What does justice look like? If you’re anything like burglary victim Eliza Webb, justice looks a lot like mom. Webb’s car was burgled along with several others in her neighborhood, and her running shoes and sunglasses were stolen. But the thief left behind one really important thing: His cell phone. So Webb looked through it and found the number for the 19-year-old thief’s mom (was it under MOMZ or BIRTH PERSON or something?), and gave her a ring. Keep reading »
Just a wee suggestion, but if you’re going to talk about your plot to follow a dude home and murder him? Make sure all of your electronic devices are off. That’s the hard lesson learned by Florida man Scott Simon learned earlier this week when he accidentally butt-dialed 911 in the midst of discussing his plan to kill.
Simon can be heard chatting up his murder plot minutes before Nicholas Walker was shot while driving on I-95. The shooting, and the resulting car crash, shut down the highway for several hours. And while police don’t believe Simon pulled the trigger, they do think he collaborated with someone else to kill Walker. Earlier in the day, Walker and Simon got in an altercation — at a local Waffle House.
Simon’s been charged with first degree murder. [MSN] [Cell phone photo courtesy Shutterstock]
I arrived at the Paris airport, knowing only a handful of French words and phrases, holding a map of the city I picked up at the information desk, with the address of the place I was staying written on the first page of my otherwise blank journal. And … I had no cell phone to help me find my way.
I followed the signs with the little trains on them. Paid for my ticket with the Euros I had exchanged at the airport. Picked a Metro stop that appeared to be in the general vicinity of the apartment I was staying at and proceeded to lug my 50 pound suitcase up and down countless flights of stairs.
When I emerged from the Chatalet station with a kink in my neck and a numb right bicep, it was raining. I had no clue where I was. I was panic stricken. Keep reading »