UMD Researchers Find Cell Phone Use Linked to Selfish Behavior

UMD Researchers Find Cell Phone Use Linked to Selfish Behavior

Bookmark and Share


Previous studies have suggested that mobile phone and Facebook use may fulfilll a need for social interaction which makes people less motivated to interact with others in person. Dr. Anastasiya Pocheptsova and Dr. Rosellina Ferraro, researchers from the University of Maryland, continued this study. They analyzed subjects' lack of altruism after mobile phone use. Altruism is consided a pro-social action, one that is intended to benefit others or society as a whole. Separate sets of college students in their 20s were observed. Compared to the control group, students that had used a mobile phone  for a short period of time were less likely to volunteer for community service or to solve a word problem that would lead to a monetary donation to charity. 

Researchers expect that this pattern would be observed from people from other age groups as well. "Given the pervasiveness of cell phones, it does have the potential to have broad social implications," says Ferraro.

For more information, visit http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/02/16/cell-phones-may-limit-altruism/34895.html

February 16, 2012


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

University of Maryland Ranks Among Top 100 Worldwide for Patents

UMD Awarded $6 Million NIH Grant for Structure-Based Design of a Hepatitis C Vaccine

University of Maryland Joins Grand Coalition to Support Paris Agreement Climate Action

UMD-Led Research in Bloodless Worms Reveals How Organs Communicate Their Status of Life-Giving Heme

HUD Housing Assistance Linked to Improved Health Care Access

Gravitational Waves Detected a Third Time

UMD Names Laurie E. Locascio Vice President for Research

Unexpectedly Primitive Atmosphere Found Around Distant "Warm Neptune"

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar

Additional Resources

UM Newsdesk

Faculty Experts

Connect

social iconsFacebookTwitterLinkedInResearch News RSS Feed
Office of Technology Commercialization
2130 Mitchell Building
7999 Regents Dr.
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

Phone: 301-405-3947  |  Fax: 301-314-9502
Email: umdtechtransfer@umd.edu

© Copyright 2013 University of Maryland

Did You Know

UMD's Neutral Buoyancy Research Facility, which simulates weightlessness, is one of only two such facilities in the U.S.