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Don't Let Phones Rule Your Attention

Don't Let Phones Rule Your Attention

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 08:33 AM Current | Bio | Archive

In "The Big Bang Theory," Mrs. Wolowitz (Carol Ann Susi) was her own wide-area network. Take this exchange, shouted from a corner of the house we never see:

Mrs. Wolowitz: "Howard, it's the phone."

Howard: "I know it's the phone, Ma. I can hear the phone."

Mrs. Wolowitz: "Well who's calling at this ungodly hour?"

Howard: "I don't know."

Mrs. Wolowitz: "Well ask them why they're calling at this ungodly hour."

Howard: "How can I ask them when I'm talking to you?"

That kind of phone notification can melt the brain circuits of even the most devoted child. But it turns out phone notifications of all kinds — buzzes, vibrations, melodious jingles, and rings — are brain-erasing as well.

A study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance found that if you're trying to focus on a task and your phone notifies you of an incoming message, it doesn't matter if you respond or ignore it. Either way, it breaks your concentration and lowers your ability to think clearly.

The Cleveland Clinic advises you take notice of this study and take steps to protect your brain power:

• When concentrating, turn off all notifications. Better yet, turn off your phone.

• Learn to leave your phone at home once in a while. It's not a puppy that needs to be walked.

And build focus and concentration by practicing mindful meditation 10 minutes daily.

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