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Wired Article on Smartphones and Human Behavior

17 Oct

Last two paragraphs of the article hit on our need to be constantly connected as social beings:

But why do people feel they have to text while driving? Social networking sites coupled with a constant internet connection everywhere you go support the need for individuals to belong, and some research has shown that exclusion from social networks and text messaging can reduce the feeling of belonging. In short, we grow attached to the lifestyle of being always on, and we want to stay plugged in — even when it’s a bad idea.

“We’re social organisms. There’s so many mechanisms built into brain that are designed for socialization,” he said. “The telecommunications industry has hit on something we’re built to do.”

Article Link: Help! My Smartphone Is Making Me Dumb –or Maybe Not