A Study on Distraction Reveals Some Surprises | Psychology Today

The interesting thing to note, is that it’s not just the presence of notifications that are distracting, it’s merely the ‘thought’ that there might be notifications that consumes mental power. Does this relate to us? Yes, if you want to get anything done. Short version: Switch it off, or schedule a time for it.

“The major culprit: their smartphone and their laptop were providing constant interruptions. We also looked at whether these distractors might predict who was a better student. Not surprisingly those who stayed on task longer and had study strategies were better students. The worst students were those who consumed more media each day and had a preference for working on several tasks at the same time and switching back and forth between them. One additional result stunned us: If they checked Facebook just once during the 15-minute study period they were worse students. It didn’t matter how many times they looked at Facebook; once was enough.”

Attention Alert: A Study on Distraction Reveals Some Surprises | Psychology Today

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