Not to worry, I'm not about to delve into that well of yuckiness. In fact, I'm not talking about sex at all (well, I guess that depends on how you read it).
My only concern is your job performance. So let me give you the latest from Harvard Business School: The size of your favorite tech tool can boost or diminish your efficacy. In a nutshell: Bigger is better. "Using small gadgets makes people less assertive," reports The Wall Street Journal about the HBS study. "Those who use larger gadgets come across as more assertive."
What's more, reports WSJ, small gadgets could decrease your testosterone. Whoa—that goes right smack to your manhood! (Though the study didn't focus on gender differences, I have to assume that this hits home harder for men than women.) Hey, if that's not prompting you guys to trade your little iPhones for some clunky circa 1999 mobile phone, I don't what will.
HBS researchers Maarten Bos and Amy Cuddy conducted the study by randomly assigning participants to use an iPod Touch (similar to an iPhone), iPad, laptop or desktop computer to complete certain tasks. Participants were told that they could seek out the research monitor or wait for the monitor to come to them once they finished to collect their pay.
Their finding: The size of the device substantially affected whether the participant took initiative. The Harvard Business School site reports: "Of the participants using a desktop computer, 94 percent took the initiative to fetch the experimenter. For those using the iPod Touch, only 50 percent left the room."
HBS reports: "The bigger the device was, the shorter the wait time." In other words, you are as forceful as the size of your tool! (Again, no Anthony Weiner jokes, please.)
According to HBS, this study is a continuation of other studies by the authors about body posture and power. Their hypothesis is that "interacting with larger devices [compared to smaller ones] would lead to more expansive body postures, which in turn would lead to behaviors associated with power—including assertiveness and risk-taking behavior."
The study is ongoing, according to HBS, but "the initial lab results suggest it may be a good idea to avoid the smartphone immediately before your next big sales meeting. Texting up until the boss starts speaking may make you look busy, but it may make you act meek."
The next time you mess up on a negotiation or lose a motion, you might have your super-cool iPhone to blame.
So I'm curious: Is this why lawyers usually use BlackBerrys? Are they inherently more macho?
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