Presence of a Smartphone Lowers Quality of Conversations

New research finds having a mobile device within easy reach divides your attention, even if you’re not actively looking at it.

Afterwards, participants responded to a series of statements designed to measure “feelings of interpersonal connectedness” and “empathic concern” they experienced during the brief chat.

These included “I felt I could really trust my conversation partner” and “To what extent did you conversation partner make an effort to understand your thoughts and feelings?”