Does Smartphone Use Undermine Enjoyment of Face-to-Face Social Interactions?

Research Paper Title Smartphone use undermines enjoyment of face-to-face social interactions. Background Using a field experiment and experience sampling, the researchers found the first evidence that phone use may undermine the enjoyment people derive from real world social interactions. Methods In Study 1, the researchers recruited over 300 community members and students to share a meal at… Read More

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Linking Attention, Walking & Mobile Phones

Cell phones are making people walk differently. A study that tracked how 21 people negotiated an obstacle and a step, without a phone or while texting, reading the screen, or making a call, found that using a phone made people walk slower and in less of a straight path, particularly when texting (Timmis et al., 2017). Reference Timmis, M.A, Bijl,… Read More

Do Digital Devices Affect How We Read & Write?

Can gadgets help to educate young people? Many would say yes. Digital literacy is seen as a key enabler to a modern upbringing and mobile devices are being introduced at ever earlier ages. However, to others, they are potentially harmful distractions. There are schools that frown on kids toting tablets and universities that ban laptops from lecture theatres. Many of those who eschew these devices… Read More

Work Time: You, Social Media & Your Mobile Phone

Swansea’s giant DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) licensing centre has sacked a worker after he was caught using Facebook on his personal phone. Senior managers at the Morriston centre took the action after it emerged the staff member was accessing the social networking site during office hours at the DVLA last year. The agency… Read More