By now, we’re all well used to fighting with our child’s phone for their attention.


Carrying it around like an extension of their limbs, we have no doubt that they would rank their phones as one of their most important assets.


But a recent study shows the attachment is much stronger than we thought, with many now dependant on their mobile phones.



According to the Metro, the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, at the Eotvos Lorand University in Budapest, conducted the research using 87 people between the ages of 18 and 26.


Researchers took away their phones and locked them in a cupboard, which one would assume would cause a little discomfort.



However, it seems the response was a lot more serious, with many showing worrying levels of stress.


"The results support that humans form attachment toward their mobile: they seek the proximity of the mobile and show stress response upon separation,” read the results.


Some even displayed a heart rhythm comparable to that of someone with post-traumatic stress disorder.



“Separated individuals had different heart rate responses compared to unseparated participants,” the report continued.


“Furthermore, separated participants tried to repair proximity to their mobile.


“They approached the cupboard where their mobile was placed more frequently than unseparated participants.”