Here’s a little-known fact: Owning a smartphone can make you feel better about the world. At least, that’s what a recent poll from Microsoft has found. A global Microsoft poll, released at the Davos World Economic Forum, found smartphone owners around the globe see the world as more “cooperative and harmonious” than non-smartphone owners. They’re also more likely to think social values are improving than eroding — 51 percent of smartphone owners held that positive view, versus 33 percent of non-smartphone owners. The result is just one of several effects of technology that Microsoft measured as part of a wide-ranging poll to determine how personal tech has changed everything from how Internet users in 10 countries view the arts to how it alters their parenting techniques. Read the full story at The Washington Post.