Keep your phone in your pocket
YOU'LL BE NICER
Constantly looking at your mobile phone is turning you into an antisocial hermit. That’s according to a recent study out of the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business, which found that people who frequently whipped out their phones (or even just thought about using them) were less likely to exhibit prosocial behavior, like volunteering or helping a stranger, than people who left their phones alone. The reason, the researchers concluded, is a psychological effect called “priming.” Because you use your phone to communicate with your friends, seeing or using it brings to mind your social connections; you’ve already got plenty of those, your subconscious thinking goes, so there’s no need to be altruistic and work on developing more. Our take: Turn it off, put it away, and watch your real-life social network expand.
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