Using Smartphones Could Affect Moral Decision-Making
It’s your left brain that’s swiping left. A British study of 1,010 people found that when faced with moral dilemmas, those using PCs were more likely to allow emotions to influence their decision-making, whereas those using smartphones made more rational choices. Researchers theorize that smartphones make users focus on a single task and increase “psychological distance,” leading to more utilitarian responses — even to highly emotional problems. They say it’s important to study the effects of technology on moral behavior given how much socializing, shopping and decision-making takes place online.