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Children may become stressed or panic when they are separated from their parents.
Now scientists have found that the digital generation is developing similar feelings.
By your phones.
The research was done by Eötvös Loránd University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.
In it, young people are as attached to their gadgets as parents to their children.
To reach this conclusion, an experiment was conducted with volunteers.
The group was formed by 87 smartphone owners, aged 18 to 26 years.
Each participant was individually guided to a room.
The room had only a desk, a laptop and a few everyday objects.
The volunteers had to take a computer test.
The task required using a calculator.
Some used the calculator on their smartphones.
The others used apps on different devices.
At the same time, everyone had their heartbeat monitored.
Before a new battery of questions, half had to turn off their cell phones but keep them close.
The other half had their phones confiscated.
In the end, everyone had a few minutes of free time.
They were then asked to complete word games.
And finally, a questionnaire about your dependence on the smartphone.
As a result, those who were separated from phones revealed cardiac patterns associated with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
During the break, three-quarters of those who had no cell phone showed discomfort.
The effect was moderate when participants received a different telephone.
Questionnaire responses showed that cell phones are used to relieve tension.
And to convey feelings of confidence and security.
The results show how humans cling to their cell phones.
We seek the proximity of the gadget and get stressed when we separate from it.
Of course, adults have a greater tolerance for this separation.
And greater acceptance of other social partners.
But young people, who are rarely away from their phones, become addicted.
These are reflections of the rapidly changing technological age in which we live.
Its effects on us are still being understood.
The study was published in the scientific journal Computers And Human Behavior.