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.