Many Smartphone Notifications, Particularly Ones from Work, Negatively Affect Your Mood

Many Smartphone Notifications, Particularly Ones from Work, Negatively Affect Your Mood

There’s at least one good reason why you should take a break from your smartphone—it can put you in a bad mood. A new study out of Britain shows that one-third of notifications you receive by phone can adversely affect your emotions. Researchers from Nottingham Trent University conducted a small study involving 50 volunteers. Users downloaded an app developed by…

One in Three People Are Distracted While Crossing the Street

One in Three People Are Distracted While Crossing the Street

There’s nothing quite so dangerous on the 21st century street as a person walking and texting (obligatory video of a jerk doing so here). A new study from the University of Washington monitored a thousand people at “20 high risk intersections” and recorded what they observed. 29.8% of all pedestrians performed a “dangerous activity” while crossing the street. Said activities…

iPhone Withdrawal is Real

iPhone Withdrawal is Real

Hate letting your phone go? You’re not the only one, and it can have a very real effect on your brain. A study published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication has found that separation can cause some iPhone users to have increased anxiety, difficulty focusing, and problems solving cognitive tests. Researchers had iPhone users sit at a cubical, telling them…

Review: Vogue Battstation 6000

Review: Vogue Battstation 6000

Modern frustration #29843: phone dying. And it happens oh-so-easily. All night, you’re listening to music, texting, and using the GPS, and when you call an Uber it dies. Frustration in a nutshell, especially if it affects your passenger rating. You can’t count on your phone battery improving anytime soon, so start carrying around a backup. I’ve been using the Vogue…

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