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    The cell phone: Presence alone influences the conversation

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    Louise Hay

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    Right now, the fact that the mobile phones affect the quality
    of interpersonal relationships is no secret to anyone. Indeed, it is a bit there
    discovery of hot water. We will not be able to be fully present if, while
    we are together with friends or family, the cell phone rings every five minutes
    and forces us to divert attention.

    However, now a group of researchers
    took a step forward by stating that il
    it can come to influence conversations even if not them
    interrupts. In practice, it would be enough to put it in view on the neighboring table
    to us and to the sight of the other interlocutors. In reality it is a habit
    quite common. We go to the restaurant with some friends and put the
    cellphone on the table. Because? Maybe we're not even expecting one
    important call but rather we do it mechanically; it's a habit
    which could have unexpected consequences. The psychologists Przybylski and Weinstein
    they recruited 34 people and formed random pairs. To each of these
    they were asked to spend 10 minutes talking about an interesting event that was
    happened to them the previous month. The interesting thing is that half of the
    couples argued with, on the table at which they were sitting, a cell phone in
    view. For the other half of the couples the cell phone was replaced by a lock
    for notes and a pencil. After the conversation, ai
    participants were asked questions about how they perceived the
    their interlocutor. At this point the researchers discovered who had spoken
    with someone who cared the mobile phone
    on the table, she tended to view the person as negative. Also, people
    they claimed that they would not like to be friends with them and see them again
    this person. They also reported feeling more distanced from
    person on an emotional level. The researchers wondered if the
    cell phone had this effect because when we tell an important event
    of our life, we expect to have all the attention of our own
    interlocutor. For this they did not stop there and developed a second
    experiment. This was practically identical to the previous one, only in this one
    occasion people were asked to talk about more topics
    frivolous, like the weather forecast, music or a movie. Once again,
    the negative influence of the cell phone on sight was noticeable. Psychologists consider that the
    cellular is a stimulus that acts on an unconscious level. That is, we see it and
    we probably associate it with the idea that the other person does not intend to speak
    truly with us. This simple association, which may or may not be real,
    it would affect how we relate less to each other and how we value them
    answers he gives us. Thus, just seeing the cell phone would have the same effect
    prejudices. Of course, in this field there is still
    space to explore. Would a traditional corded telephone have the same effect?
    What effect does the mobile phone have on gestures? The questions are many,
    we will have to wait a little longer for new studies to answer you. In the meantime, maybe
    we better think about where to hide the cell phone when we are in
    company of the people we love.
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