Finally, a movie that nails the anxiety you feel texting
Wired - 03/10/2017
It’s also familiar to researchers who study the psychological effects of technology. It doesn’t really have a name, but texting has a very powerful effect on the brain. “When it’s uncertain whether someone likes you, dislikes you, or means you harm, your brain just can’t help but treat it like something important,” says Northeastern University psychologist Lisa Feldman Barrett, author of How Emotions Are Made. “If you combine the potency of social contact with the ambiguity that you get over text, it’s a really potent way to influence how somebody else is feeling, and what they’re thinking.” So when Stewart’s Maureen assumes an anonymous number is her deceased brother, it doesn’t feel ridiculous—it feels downright haunting.