Psychologists have figured out how to use a smartphone and not experience stress

Psychologists have figured out how to use a smartphone and not experience stress

To receive alerts on smartphone three times a day is the best way to organize your work with notifications, so they don’t distract from the main activity, established psychologists. This approach allows to increase the productivity of the user and improve his mood. But the abuse of communicating using electronic devices, on the contrary, leads to depression and loneliness.

Each new notification on the smartphone distract the user and put it before a choice — to abort the current activity and check if he missed an important call or message, or try to focus on the business. However, studies show that it takes on average 25 minutes. Therefore, psychologists and other researchers are looking for ways to alert a user that will not be much to distract him from cases.

One of the ways he shared at a recent conference of the American psychological Association expert in the field of behavioral research Nick Fitz.

As found by his team, users notifications will be sent three times a day, I feel happier, more productive, less stressed and better focused on your own business.

The format of the notification delivery was even more successful than the alert once per hour or even full lock.

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“Turn off notifications does not help, says Fitz. But we can get them in a smarter way.”

The study involved a group of volunteers, each of whom received a daily average of 65-80 notifications from different apps. For two weeks the control group checked the notification as usual, some of the participants a list of notifications three times a day (at 9:00, 15:00 and 21:00), and the rest did not receive notifications.

Overall, the researchers note, because rolling in on them alerting people experience stress and feel unhappy — persistent notifications to rip them from the things and decrease performance. Such depressed mood was observed in the control group. Even if the notification came not constant, but every hour, this did not improve the well-being of participants.

However, disabling notifications also does not help too.

Although the participants who did not receive the alert, checked their phones more specifically, they were concerned that they might miss something.

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Perhaps if the experiment lasted longer, they would have adapted to this and would feel better involves Fitz. Or you could set alerts for important events, for example, reminders about meetings, so they come in e-mail.

Either way, it all felt ones that notice came three times a day. They were the most productive, positive and able to control yourself. According to Fitz, the best would work a context-oriented system, where the user would get the list of notifications at the appropriate time. The most important notifications would come regardless of the time.