Smartphone Fiddling

The average person fiddles with their smartphones over two thousand times per day. This is a truly astounding number. Actually, the number is two thousand six hundred seventeen (2,617) times a day. We can’t think of any other object that even comes close, not even a baby. This fact comes from mobile app research firm Dscout Inc. That number adds up to nearly two and a half hours each day and a good portion of that comes during work hours. Many companies are banning smartphones at meetings and conferences to keep staff focused, a recent Wall Street Journal article reported. 

Two-Edged Sword

There is nothing worse than trying to give a presentation to a group while they are all fiddling with their phones. But banning phones could be a two-edged sword. “Smartphones enable people to get work done remotely, stay on top of rapid business developments and keep in touch with clients and colleagues.” However smartphones are the number one efficiency killers in the workplace, according to a 2016 survey of more than 2,000 executives and Human Resource managers conducted by CareerBuilder, an HR software and services company.

Lowered Cognitive Performance

Another study by the University of Texas and University of California reports that when employees put their smartphones on their desks, their awareness and productivity suffered as a result. This was not the case if their devices were in a pocket or purse nearby.

The ban on phones has staffers switching to wearing smartwatches to meetings or bringing their laptops, the article went on to report.

We are all believers that a prohibition of technology is a no-win situation. 

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