The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity


The proliferation of smartphones has ushered in an era of unprecedented connectivity. Consumers around the globe are now constantly connected to faraway friends, endless entertainment, and virtually unlimited in- formation. With smartphones in hand, they check the weather from bed, trade stocks—and gossip—while stuck in traffic, browse potential romantic partners between ap- pointments, make online purchases while standing in-store, and live-stream each others’ experiences, in real time, from opposite sides of the globe. Just a decade ago, this state of constant connection would have been inconceivable; today, it is seemingly indispensable.1 Smartphone owners interact with their phones an average of 85 times a day, including immediately upon waking up, just before going to sleep, and even in the middle of the night (Perlow 2012; Andrews et al. 2015; dscout 2016)… You can read the full report here.

Not a surprising conclusion I guess, but reading it all of the way through is recommended. That’s if you can take your eyes off your phone for long enough.

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  1. You mean you’re not reading this on your phone? 🙂

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