If you text your girl and it takes a while to hear back, you may have reason for suspicion. A Brigham Young University study shows that when people lie in <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/technology">texts</a> (or IM’s), they write less, edit more, and take longer to answer. “As in a face-to-face conversation, we have a nonverbal channel—how we act as we deliver a message,” says BYU’s Thomas Maservy, Ph.D. “Texting is a channel we get less info on, so [cues like time lag and message length] can reveal states like deception.” We’re not talking bad about your lady—just suggesting you might read between the brief, delayed lines.
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According to a University of Michigan study involving 82 young adults, the more subjects used Facebook, the less <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/brain-health">happy</a> they felt over time—even though no evidence was found that people were more likely to use the site when they already felt bad. “Facebook provides an invaluable resource for fulfilling the basic need for social connection,” says author Ethan Kross, Ph.D. “But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result—it undermines it.”
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Injuries to pedestrian <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/topics/technology">cell-phone</a> users have more than quintupled since 2005, says an Ohio State University study of emergency room stats. Male phoners ages 16–25 were the most likely to be hurt by “distracted walking”—that is, while either talking or texting—causing them to do things like wander in front of moving cars (one ambler even fell off a bridge). This may be only the tip of the iceberg. Warns study co-author Jack Nasar, Ph.D., “I wouldn’t be surprised if the number doubles again by 2015.” So remember, when stepping out for a walk, heads up, screens down.
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