Using phone won’t make you happier
Turning to your mobile phone every time you feel a little low would only make things worse, as smartphones do not help alleviate negative feelings, say researchers, including one of Indian-origin.
Using a mobile phone for temporary relief from negative emotions could worsen psychological conditions and spiral into unregulated and problematic use of mobile phones, said Prabu David, dean, College of Communication Arts and Science at Michigan State University, US. “The research suggests that despite all the advances we have made, there is still a place for meaningful, face-to-face interaction,” David, an alumnus of Loyola College, Chennai, India, pointed out.
He said that people who substitute electronic interaction for the real-life human kind find little, if any, satisfaction. “The mobile phone can do a range of things that simulate human interaction. It seduces us into believing it is real, but the fact remains that it’s still synthetic,” he said. However, habitual or ritualistic use to pass time is not strongly associated with it, David pointed out.
The study shows that face-to-face interaction can buffer the negative effects of heavy mobile phone use, lead study author Jung-Hyun Kim from Sogang University, Seoul, South Korea, explained.