Smartphones are a Dangerous Source of Human Ego Depletion

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Smartphones are a Dangerous Source of Human Ego Depletion
Anneke Zwart, Student (University), Netherlands, Moderator
Smartphones have become an important tool that provides people with access to communication networks and online information at any time of the day. The advantages of having a smartphone are clear. At work, it facilitates communication with customers, coworkers, and one's supervisor and employees; it can also provide access to company files. However, there is an important disadvantage of using smartphones that might even offset the advantages. Because smartphones are used everywhere all the time, they hinder the full recovery from (working) activities that occurred during the day. For example, when you put your smart phone next to your bed, the interference with one’s sleep is just one way in which smartphone hinder replenishment of depleted resources.

This smartphone problem becomes more and more prevalent, and is an example of what is called “EGO DEPLETION”. Although depletion is often used to describe the ‘using up’ of natural resources, ego depletion is used to des...Sign up


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