The impact of cell phone dependency on flow and the transformation of consciousness in everyday life

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Preethi Srinivas

At a Glance

  • Location: Indianapolis, USA
  • Date: 02.02.2014
  • Institution: Indiana University
    School of Informatics and Computing
  • Web Page: http://www.soic.indiana.edu/

Study-Facts

  • Context: -
  • Number of participants: 10
  • Number of days per participants: 2 days x 2 weeks
  • Number of prompst per Day: 7
  • Number of Items: 55

Study

The aim of this study is to observe the impact of cell phone dependency on flow and the transformation of consciousness in everyday life. Levels of challenge/boredom, happiness/frustration, serenity/anxiety, and community/loneliness will be observed using the Experience Sampling Method (ESM). ESM will be used for participants to log their experience at various times throughout a day by filling out survey questions three consecutive days a week for two weeks. Of the three days in a week, participants will fill out survey questions using their smartphone for days 1 and 3 and use a computer to fill out the survey on the second day. The three consecutive days will be weekdays since we believe that the weekdays provide a truer picture of active lives. Participants will see seven random or pre-set times during each day at which time they will fill out the survey. The primary research questions and hypotheses are as follows:

General questions: Some or all of these questions may be able to be answer from the findings of this study:

• Does cell phone dependency result in happiness and or periods of unconscious activity?

• Does cell phone dependency suggest embedded cognitive and neurological addiction?

• Does cell phone dependency result in the transformation of consciousness as a result of prolonged uses of cell phone use?

General hypotheses

• H1 Participants showed significant differences in mood and consciousness levels between day 1 (cell use) and day 2 (no cell use).

• H2 Participants showed significant differences in mood and consciousness levels between day 2 (no cell use) and day 3 (cell use)

• H3 Participants showed significant differences in mood and consciousness levels between day 1 (cell use before no cell day) and day 3 (post no cell use day)