3. The Distraction Effect
So you’ve gotten yourself off the couch and you’re on a machine at the gym. You’ve got your smartphone keeping you pumped up with a great playlist. Next thing you know, you’re getting bombarded with notifications. Someone liked your photo, it’s so-and-so’s birthday, and your friend from college wants to FaceTime. Suddenly, your break between sets is you sitting on the stretching mats, and the only body part getting exercise is your thumbs!
The Social Psychology journal reports a study where 50 students were asked to perform a motor task with a cellphone visible, while another 50 did the same task without a phone in sight. The performance of complex tasks suffered with a cellphone in sight, according to researchers, this was because it reminded people of a broader community they can access and led to distraction.