Three Distractions That Are Stealing Your Time

Cadrene Heslop

The world has a population of 7.9 billion people.

According to Statista, there are about 6.648 billion smartphone users worldwide. That means 83.96% of the world's populace owns a smartphone.

Although, smartphones have advantages. These devices are a distractor for many. And can result in decreased work productivity.

Here are three ways mobile phones distract users.

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1. Emails & Notifications

Within the first hour of waking up, 88% of people check their phones. Another study's findings said 55% of people checked their emails before work.

Researchers say this habit sets a tone for more interruptions throughout the day. Besides this, phone checking in the morning can hijack your time and focus.

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2. Online Advertisements

Tons of advertisements air on the internet. An estimated 11,250 ads pop up on browsers per month. In 2017, there were 1 million active Instagram advertisers. And even then, that number doubled in 6 months.

According to an ad-blocker app, the average person sees 375 ads each day. These advertisements steal your attention. And poor attention management hurts your productivity.

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3. Multitasking

Most people look at their computer for 2 minutes and 11 seconds. Then switch tasks or get interrupted. This attempt at simultaneous activity makes you predisposed to errors.

Studies have shown multitasking is delusional and is often only about changing focus. Only about 2.5% of people are capable of effective multitasking. The rest of us are bouncing back and forth between tasks. And this spikes your stress levels, weakens your memory, and kills your creativity.

How can you spend less time on your phone?

Clever Girl Finance recommends that you use airplane mode. Activate grayscale, turn off notifications, and track your screen time.

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