“A smartphone can demand its user’s attention even when the person isn’t using it or consciously thinking about it. Even if a phone’s out of sight in a bag, even if it’s set to silent, even if it’s powered off, its mere presence will reduce someone’s working memory and problem-solving skills.”
The next time you sit down to work, you might want to leave your phone in another room.
The Atlantic shares the results of a recent study which discovered smartphones impair our mental abilities even when we’re not actively using them.
No wonder I noticed such a difference when I implemented a system to stop checking my phone so much.