New York: Did you miss something while continuously checking smartphone as your spouse waited for undivided attention at dinner? You may not have an answer but researchers have.
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"Individuals are more likely to miss subtle cues, facial expressions, changes in the tone of their conversation, partner's voice and have less eye contact just because a cell phone is physically present," said researchers from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), US, in a study.
Even without active use, they noted, the presence of mobile technologies has the potential to divert individuals from face-to-face exchanges, thereby undermining the character and depth of these connections.
Previous research has demonstrated that smartphones make us more selfish, more easily distracted and more stressed.
A recent survey has suggested that nearly nine in 10 people feel that their loved ones neglect them in favour of technology on a weekly basis.
Another observational study found that when parents and young children dine together, parents frequently pay the most attention to their phones, a report in Wall Street Journal said.