The “Brain Drain” Hypothesis Explains That Smartphones Distract Us, Even When Not In Useby@wrgoto
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The “Brain Drain” Hypothesis Explains That Smartphones Distract Us, Even When Not In Use

March 28th 2021
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A study in 2014 suggested that simply the presence of your phone nearby can be a distraction if you are trying to focus on studying or work. University of Texas researchers concluded that the “mere presence” of a cell phone may be sufficiently distracting to produce diminished attention and deficits in task-performance, especially for tasks with greater attentional and cognitive demands. The same “brain drain” applies to any potential distractor even when they aren’t actively distracting us. The biggest offenders of I can think of in most technology companies are email, chat, and other instant communication channels.

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