Recent research on college students using phones during lectures confirms the harm they do to concentration, staying engaged, and critical thinking. Another recent study showed that notifications (the sounds your smartphone makes to alert you to messages or news) break your focus and impair performance even if you don’t pick up your phone. It’s time to recover your brain power with these strategies.
Say no to rings. Turn on notifications only for urgent messages.
Track your time. Americans spend more than three hours a day on their phones on average. To do a reality check, track the time you spend on your phone (you can use an app to help you accomplish this).
Leave it home. Ask yourself if you really need to have it with you, and if you don’t, leave it home.
Meditate. Mindfulness meditation, in which you pay attention to what’s happening in the present, can counteract the effects of digital overload.
Source: The attentional cost of receiving a cell phone notification.
"I actually have this fantasy of giving up my cell phone.” Julia Stiles