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New BYU Study Explores Dangers of 'Technoference' in Relationships

A little “ding” sound or a vibration noise from a cell phone may be more than just a notification, according to a recent study published in Psychology of Popular Media Culture. New research shows that distractions from smartphones and other media devices are interfering with relationships and disrupting daily life.

“In recent years a lot of studies have been looking at ways at which media use might develop into problematic or addictive use for some individuals, and how that might negatively influence relationships,” said study lead Brandon T. McDaniel of the Pennsylvania State University. “We were really interested in thinking more broadly about the subject, expanding it to look at all everyday interruptions that might occur due to technology devices like a cell phone, smart phone, tablet, TV or computers.”

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