Mobile phone use changes with the weather

Mobile phone habits can change with the weather, a study has found.

When it is cold, or uncomfortably hot and sticky, people are more likely to make longer calls to close friends and family, scientists have discovered.

During unpleasant wea-ther, callers tended to withdraw from their wider network of acquaintances.

Lead researcher Dr Santi Phithakkitnukoon, from the University of Newcastle, said: “The fact that mobile phones have become an indispensable part of many people’s lives means that they provide an opportunity to measure human beha-viour and social dynamics, like never before.

“Our mood, health and how active we are all vary with the weather.

“We found that during uncomfortable weather our ‘ringing anyone’ behaviour declined.”

The research was published in the online journal Public Library of Science, ONE.

Dr Phithakkitnukoon’s team analysed the call patterns of almost 23,000 mobile phone users in Lisbon.

Examining anonymised data records, they categorised calls into “strong” and “weak” social ties.

“Strong ties are people who are socially close to us and whose social circles closely overlap with our own,” said Dr Phithakkitnukoon.

Under uncomfortable weather conditions, there was an increased chance of calls exceeding six minutes, the study showed.

© Irish Examiner Ltd. All rights reserved

More in this Section

Fine Gael's Brendan Griffin urges expulsion of Russian ambassador to Ireland

Garda industrial action: Overtime bill hits €7.2m in just 10 Garda divisions

Farm vigilance urged after child’s death

4,000 to be deported or refused entry to Ireland in 2016; highest number in 6 years


Breaking Stories

998 families in emergency accomodation in Dublin last month

VIDEO: The crew of the L.E James Joyce got a hero's welcome in Cork this morning

€1.2m worth of cannabis seized in Tipperary

A new baby monkey born at Fota Wildlife is looking for a name

Lifestyle

Teens triumph over troubles with Happiness Skills book

Ask Audrey has been sorting out Cork people for years

Mick Flannery is looking at life from both sides with an excellent new album

Do advances in technology mean we're closer to finding alien life?

More From The Irish Examiner