Your Smartphone Is Hampering Your Productivity Even When You're Not Using It! Here's How

University of Texas conducted a study with 800 participants and were stunned by the findings.

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Felt your cell phone vibrate in your pocket, pulled it out to check only to find out there’s nothing. In fact, we even discover that there’s no notification. Then there are those times when we’ve checked our phones every 15 minutes while working just randomly? Haven’t we all done this at least like once in lifetime? Okay, guilty as charged - we’ve done this once in a while.

It’s funny - we know that a smartphone is a nuisance and yet we cannot keep ourselves off it!

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Productivity experts have revealed that winning over your smartphone is in fact a matter of discipline. They stated that it’s simply one’s will power that is needed to resist the temptation and actually get some work done!

Contradicting the experts view are the researchers at the University of Texas who claimed that we’re actually powerless against our phone’s ability to sap our concentration and productivity. In fact, they found it to be worser that ever imagined.

The researchers added that the phones can turn out to be so distracting that it can hamper our concentration and cognitive performance even when we just have them near us and aren’t using them.

The study involved around 800 smartphone users who were given a series of tests to complete. These tests were designed to measure their “cognitive capacity” or simply put, the working memory. Participants were then divided into various groups: ones that were asked to place their smartphones (1) on their desk, 2) in their pocket or bag or (3) in a separate room.

As expected, the group who left their phones in the other room outperformed the rest of the groups. Which basically means, we don’t need to be zooming into each and every picture of our friend’s wedding to be distracted from pressing matters. Just having your phone nearby is enough to do the damage.


“As the smartphone becomes more noticeable, participants’ available cognitive capacity decreases,” University of Texas professor and study coauthor Adrian Ward tells Futurity. “Your conscious mind isn’t thinking about your smartphone, but that process — the process of requiring yourself to not think about something — uses up some of your limited cognitive resources. It’s a brain drain.”

The University of Texas study in fact defines our relationship with the phone as something on the same lines as of substance abuse.

So now we know smartphone addiction is in fact, legit.

Information source: melmagazine

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