Harvard study: Smartphone use makes you weak

Smartphone

In this Nov. 11, 2008 file
photo, the Xperia X1 mobile phone from Sony Ericsson, New York. (AP
Photo/Bebeto Matthews, file)

Smartphones and tablets have become symbols of the with-it executive doing
business and making money 24/7. Staring intently at their cellphones or hunched
over their iPad, tech savvy execs exude power.

Or do they?

A new study at Harvard Business School suggests that those who use
smartphones and tablets are less aggressive than their peers who use larger
screen devices, according to a report by CNET.

“Grounded in research showing that adopting expansive body postures increases
psychological power, we hypothesized that working on larger devices, which
forces people to physically expand, causes users to behave more assertively,”
reads the abstract of the paper titled “iPosture: The Size of Electronic
Consumer Devices Affects Our Behavior,” CNET reports

The Harvard paper offers this bit of advice for execs:

“Many of us spend hours each
day interacting with our electronic devices. In professional settings we
often use them to be efficient and productive. We may, however, lose
sight of the impact the device itself has on our behavior and as a
result be less effective. We suggest that some time before going into a
meeting, and obviously also during it, you put your cell phone away.”

Click here for the full CNET report.

Photo: In this Nov. 11, 2008 file
photo, the Xperia X1 mobile phone from Sony Ericsson, New York. (AP
Photo/Bebeto Matthews, file)