Study suggests that people are more sociable with their phones
January 20 , 2014
It's a common belief that Americans waste too much time staring at their smartphones instead of spending time with their friends in person. However, a recent study by Rutgers professor Keith Hampton showed that people are less lonely than they were earlier.
By filming people at public places, Hampton found that phone usage was reasonably low and users didn't ruin the group dynamics by tending to be alone. Moreover, interaction in person is higher than it was back in 1979.
Author of Alone Together Sherry Turkle, however, noted that the study doesn't say anything about technology users at home.
Hampton also found that females are more out in the public than they were 30 years ago. "We don't think about that," he said.