Cell Phones Mess Up Conversations
The University of Essex published a study in which they had participants lay their cell phone on the table and
then proceed to have a 10 minute conversation with the person sitting across from them. Other subjects did not have the cell phone on the table. When the conversations were compared, they found that cell phones:
1. Negatively affect feelings of closeness
2. Negatively affect the feeling of connection
3. Negatively affect the quality of the conversation that takes place.
It makes sense: perhaps it is distracting; perhaps it sends the message that you are not fully present; perhaps it acts as a third party. Bottom line – the cell phone gets in the way of good conversation.
Source: Journal of Social and Personal Relations online July 17, 2012