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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Are smartphones making us more or less productive? | Technology Intelligence - The Telegraph

Many of us can't imagine our lives without our smartphones, as The Telegraph reports.

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From answering emails to checking the news, our mobiles are surely the most productive tools we have in our lives. Almost everything is faster, easier and more efficient - or is it?

Gerard O'Shaughnessy, director of Business Marketing Services in Cleckheaton, recently said he felt so annoyed by employees being distracted by their phones, that he has begun confiscating them until lunchtime.

And he's not the only one. The Last Word Café in the British Library is believed to have told staff to hand over their phones to a supervisor when at work...

Am I addicted to my smartphone? | Dr Emma Russell reveals the warning signs 

Dr Emma Russell, Kingston University, says that if you pick up your phone after hearing a ringtone or vibration - even if you are in the middle of something - it could be a sign that you are "addicted" to your phone.

"We advise reducing notifications by turning off these alerts. If you go straight to your phone after an alert, it's what we call an addictive response," she said.

"Many people use their phone as a psychological crutch, whether it be for social interaction or the dreaded fear of missing out, or FOMO."

Some studies, such as in the Journal of Experimental Psychology in 2015, suggest that notifications are the real bane of productivity.

“We found that cellular phone notifications alone significantly disrupted performance on an attention-demanding task, even when participants did not directly interact with a mobile device,” said the report.

“The magnitude of observed distraction effects was comparable in magnitude to those seen when users actively used a mobile phone.”

Source: The Telegraph