Us­ing phone won’t make you hap­pier

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle -

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.


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