Mobile phones on dinner table ‘ruin relationships’

Mobile phones can damage personal relationships merely by their presence even when not in use.

Written by Agencies | London | Published:October 7, 2012 10:27 am

Mobile phones can damage personal relationships merely by their presence even when not in use,a new research has revealed.

Studies show that if a mobile is visible during a conversation,it causes people to feel less positive towards the person with whom they are chatting.

The findings suggest that fiddling with your mobile or simply leaving it in view during a romantic dinner or a meeting with a friend could be a serious social faux pas.

Psychologists who conducted the experiments at Essex University believe mobile phones automatically trigger thoughts about wider social networks,reducing the level of empathy and understanding in face-to-face conversations.

“In both studies we found evidence mobiles can have negative effects on closeness,connection,and conversation quality,” the Daily Mail quoted lead researcher Andrew Przybylski as saying.

“The presence of a mobile phone may orient individuals to thinking of other people and events outside their immediate social context.

“In doing so,they divert attention away from a presently occurring interpersonal experience to focus on a multitude of other concerns and interests,” he said.

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