Cell Phones Mess Up Conversations

Put your cell phone down on the table between you and another person and you will reduce the quality of your conversation !!!!

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

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