I was wondering how you handle the constant distraction that is your smartphone. Apparently, the typical smartphone user, uses their phone up to 80 times a day; personally, I feel as if I could benefit from significantly lowering that number.
Scientists have begun exploring that question--and what they're discovering is both fascinating and troubling. Not only do our phones shape our thoughts in deep and complicated ways, but the effects persist even when we aren't using the devices. As the brain grows dependent on the technology, the research suggests, the intellect weakens.
There is a mountain of evidence suggesting that simply having your phone around you prevents you from concentrating on difficult problems and jobs. "The division of attention impedes reasoning and performance."
Personally, I feel as if the closer I am to my phone, my brainpower significantly decreases. However, the smartphone proves to be a great tool when I need to access information instantaneously. The convenience of owning a smartphone is great, however, I definitely notice that I may have developed an 'addiction' over the years.
What steps do you guys take to decrease useless smartphone usage? Do you guys find yourselves struggling to focus because of your smartphones? What do you think of smartphones as a whole?
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