Do you think of your phone as a connector or a disconnector? The answer may be both, although research warns that having our phones where we can see them, even if they are turned off, means our brains don’t work as well. Interestingly, the process of not thinking about something depletes our limited cognitive resources. If all our neurons aren’t firing we might miss important non-verbal cues that help us connect with people.
That concept might not have registered if you’re reading this on your phone — trying to ignore your phone actually makes it harder for you to connect. Experiments on this phenomenon proved that our brains work best when our phones aren’t even in the room with us because we are so addicted to the adrenalin jolts we get every time we pick them up.
Although your palms might be sweaty just thinking about disconnecting from your phone for a while, I invite you to take a deep breath and envision the benefits of better connections. Bottom line: leaving your phone out of sight could improve your EQ and your IQ.