Because we always check the smartphone when we are with others

For many, if not all, a smartphone is an accessory or prosthetic. Full of habits and almost every daily need that made an automatic gesture Take it out and check it out even when we don’t get public notifications. especially Even when we are with other people And in simple formal contexts: a dinner, for example, or a business meeting.

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From “fomo” to “phubbing”

Studies and surveys a few years ago had deliberately made this phenomenon not so much as “fomo”, that is, “fear of missing out”, the fear of missing out on essential updates, for example on social networks and then getting a lot of news to retrieve, when “Learning with the phoneMany surveys, including one from the University of Kent published in Journal of Applied Social Psychology, emphasized that the attitude of constantly interrupting a meeting or conversation to check social networks or emails significantly worsens communication and the quality of relationship between people. Among other things, now to do this you will not even need to consult your phone anymore: just a quick look at your smartwatch.

Because we always “play” with the smartphone

This time a new studio, signed by Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitetthe Norwegian University of Science and Technology, dig a little deeper and learn about Three main reasons why people constantly “play” with their smartphones in the presence of others, ignoring any remaining social etiquette and minimal education. Obviously starting from the assumption that the smartphone is nowThe focus of our existence From the perspectives of infinity (from payments to mobility to social relationships) and that it is an important ‘social and social’ device the lead author of the survey explained, Ida Marie Henriksen. However, all of these opportunities to keep in touch with others from a distance can undermine and destroy the social time you spend with others in person.


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For the study, the researchers physically went into the field, visited a series of coffee shops and interviewed 52 people about their phone use habits and interactions with others. “We focused exclusively on people who seemed to know each other before and who met for social networking – added Marianne Scar, PhD, in the Department of Sociology and Political Science – in addition, we observed 108 other distant encounters.”

Social, email and chat

Results? The first reason, unsurprisingly, is that we are obviously constantly using the phone in front of others to make sure Social mediaEmail, or follow chat conversations with other people. An interruption like this would normally be considered rude by the other person or people present, however the researchers realized that now we only need a very quick explanation or hint of apology before the ritual of control so as not to create excessive problems for the relationship dynamics.

An “exit strategy” from unpleasant situations

The second reason is just the opposite and has its weight in the interaction of the moment. Thus, the smartphoneexit strategyTo avoid as much as possible a conversation with those in front of us or to exhaust it to the point of rendering it useless or harmless. You can take out the phone to indicate that you are busy or pretend you have a call or message to answer, even if the phone is on silent mode. “The smartphone provides a break from face-to-face social situations,” explains Henriksen.

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Increase social contact

The last side of the poll – published on Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute – Instead somehow In turn, it is linked to social reasonsThus, it perfectly integrates with the previous two: the smartphone is placed in the middle, and it becomes a hub for sharing content such as videos or photos more often. Axel Tjora, Professor at The And so is in a way a functional and positive boycott, at least when compared to its predecessors.

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