New Study Finds 1 in 10 People Check Their Phones During Sex
Yikes! Society’s increasing use of digital technology may be causing ADHD-like symptoms among the general population — that includes texting during sex.
A number of college students, 221 to be exact, who participated in a recent study held at the Human-Computer Interaction conference by scientists at the University of Virginia admitted to checking their phones during sex.
Surprise! Love-making in 2016 includes a brief scroll through Instagram. So, that’s incredibly alarming.
“Less than 10 years ago, Steve Jobs promised that smartphones ‘will change everything,'” Kostadin Kushlev, a psychology research scientist involved in the study, said when announcing the findings. “And with the Internet in their pockets, people today are bombarded with notifications—whether from email, text messaging, social media or news apps—anywhere they go. We are seeking to better understand how this constant inflow of notifications influences our minds.”
Unfortunately for us, the unknown effects of the constant inflow of notifications on our minds is making us do crazy things. Crazy, I tell you!
The study found that nearly 95% of smartphone users admitted to using their individual devices when attending social gatherings. And that’s not even the worst part. One in ten students who participated in the study admitted to checking their phones smack dab in the middle of sex, which is insane!
“The findings simply suggest that our constant digital stimulation may be contributing to an increasingly problematic deficit of attention in modern society,” Kushlev said.
Kushlev and his team of researchers and psychologists found evidence of “significantly higher levels” of hyperactivity and inattention in the 221 student participants who regularly check their phones. Even more surprising, the results suggested that ADHD-like symptoms could possibly develop in those who’ve never been formally diagnosed with the disorder.
Alright, how do us technology-obsessed millennials solve this problem? “Simply by keeping (our) phones on silent and out of easy reach whenever possible, thus keeping notifications at bay,” Kushlev said.
That’s cool and all, but here are a few of my (science-free) personal suggestions:
1. If you don’t want ADHD, throw your phone out the window.
2. If you want to have meaningful sex, throw your phone out the window.
3. If you want to turn into a robot, sleep with your phone under your pillow.
4. If you want to lose a guy in 10 days, like his best friend’s Instagram photos while he’s eating you out.
5. If you don’t want the government to read your text messages, throw your phone OUT THE WINDOW.
And there you have it.