Cell Phone Distractions and Addictions
According to new research in the journal Social Psychology, even if you go all day without touching your cell phone once, it could still prompt distractions.
Even worse, heavy wireless mobile users may have an unhealthy dependency on their smartphones. Experts say the more bells and whistles the phone has, the more likely it is the user will become addicted.
So what would happen if you confiscated someone’s smart phone for say, an hour? Experts say addicted users would feel a sense of loss if the device is taken away or lost. And this loss could trigger anxiety and ultimately increase levels of distraction.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind?
So what about the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ theory? Researchers say even overhearing someone’s loud cell phone conversations could cause reduced productivity.
Researchers rationalize that a phone likely becomes distraction because of our associations with what it provides us: communication, connection, and access to our social networks.
So, when you’re trying to concentrate on a complex task or have a conversation with someone, it’s best to put your cell phone away and out of sight. However, this may be easier said than done for some.
Take a ‘Tech Time-Out’
Are you addicted to your smartphone? Chances are you aren't alone. However, just like with any habit the first step to getting help is admitting you have a problem.
- Create boundaries for yourself. Perhaps, set a rule that you will no longer check your phone during dinner.
- Don’t bring your phone to bed. By eliminating this behavior, you won’t be tempted to check email and social media channels.
- Try to go an entire weekend without using your phone. The longer you can go without using your cell phone the closer you will get to freedom from addiction.
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