How is your smartphone distracting you and how to control it

October 9, 2016 5:01 pm

People are 26 per cent more productive without their smartphones, a new research by leading cybersecurity company, Kaspersky, a leading cybersecurity company.

A psychological experiment conducted by the Universities of Würzburg and Nottingham Trent, commissioned by Kaspersky, tested the behaviour of 95 individuals between the ages of 19 and 56, balancing experimental conditions and gender across the experiment.

Participants were asked to perform tasks under four different conditions: with their phone in their pockets, placed on the desk, locked up in a drawer, and completely removed from the roome.

Results found that participant were 26 per cent more productive when tasks performed with their smartphone located outside the room.


But how do our smartphones distract us, and how can we overcome this, control ourselves, to optimise productivity?


Smartphones may be causing Attention Deficiency Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

ADHD symptoms are appearing among the general population, and such symptoms are highly linked to smartphone alerts, a study by the University of Virginia and the University of British Columbia found.

“Whether from email, text, messaging, social media or news apps, anywhere they go,” Kostadin Kushlev, a psychology research scientist at the University of Virginia, who led the study with colleagues at the University of British Columbia, said.

Smartphones interrupt our attention span


Interacting with smartphones is associated with “poorer performance on concurrently performed tasks,” a paper from researches at Florida State reiterated.

Researches stated that, even when not looking at our cell phones, notification alerting us of text messages or other, while short in duration, can interrupt our concentration process.


Life-threatening situation

The usage of smartphones while driving is regarded as a direct threat to the safety of the driver and others on the road. A survey conducted in 2014 by global insurer Zurich and revealed that one in three drivers in the UAE admitted to being distracted with their phones while driving.

Other studies conducted in other places around the world confirm similarly scary results.


Impact on academia

While technology has disrupted the educational system across the world, and with tablets and laptops replacing physical text books and the entire teaching and learning experience, smartphones remain to be the most controversial aspect in this regard.

A research conducted by Louis-Philippe Beland and Richard Murphy, and published by the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School of Economics, found that banning mobile phones from school premises adds up to the equivalence of an additional week of schooling for a pupil’s academic year.


AMEinfo Staff
By AMEinfo Staff
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