HYDERABAD: Phone notifications ruin your focus even if you do not actually respond to them, a study says.
The Florida State University study found that alerts can break concentration, whether or not immediate action is taken on them, Digital Trends reported.
“Although these notifications are generally short in duration, they can prompt task-irrelevant thoughts which has been shown to damage task performance,” lead study author Cary Stothart was quoted as saying.
Study authors, Ainsley Mitchum, and Courtney Yehnert ran volunteers through an attention-monitoring test where participants were found to perform significantly worse on a task when their phones were buzzing or ringing. In fact, they were three times more likely to make mistakes.