So much for multi-tasking with a smartphone. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin have found the following:
...that it didn’t matter whether a person’s smartphone was turned on or off, or whether it was lying face up or face down on a desk. Having a smartphone within sight or within easy reach reduces a person’s ability to focus and perform tasks because part of their brain is actively working to not pick up or use the phone..
We really are addicted to these things and they pretty much destroy our concentration.
The next time you are in a meeting look around the and see who has a smartphone in reach. Doesn’t matter if it’s in their hand or on the table. They aren’t actually engaged with the meeting. Even if they think they are.
Everybody’s phone needs to go into a basket when they enter the room.
University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin). “The mere presence of your smartphone reduces brain power, study shows.” ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 23 June 2017. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2017/06/170623133039.htm>.