Even When You’re Not Using It, Your iPhone Is Distracting You

Smartphones are a near-constant source of distraction in our daily lives. We check them an average of 110 times a day, according to a 2013 study, set them beside our plates at the dinner table, and even use them in the bathroom and during sex.

But even when we’re not using them, our devices are still a distraction, according to new research.

Researchers from Southern Maine University found that the mere presence of a person’s phone can be enough to divert his attention away from more important, complex tasks.

The researchers asked volunteers from two university statistics classes to participate in two attention exercises, one simple and one more challenging. In one of the classes, they asked students to keep their phones on their desks while they worked on the cancellation tasks. They were told that one of the tasks would ask about the type of phone they used. In the other class, the phones were kept out of vision.

On the simple tasks, both the phone-visible and the phone-away classes performed comparably. But when it came to the complicated tasks, the group without phones on their desks performed significantly better, getting —> Read More Here


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