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Technocrati
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7/28/2015 | 12:14:22 PM
Re: Distraction= death

I really enjoyed all the opinions along this thread !   So many aspects to consider - I generally find these alerts annoying but there are options to mitigate which in the most extreme of situations includes just turning your phone off so you can get some work done. 

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7/17/2015 | 10:08:41 PM
Re: Distraction= death
I agree to truly multitask is a rare talent most of us simply try to do two things at once with both getting partial focus and attention.
Broadway0474
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7/17/2015 | 8:53:36 PM
Re: Distraction= death
There is also the school of throught that multitasking is extremely hard to actually pull off. What we think of multitasking in most cases is simply bouncing from one task to another to another, while not being able to properly focus on or complete one. The ability to actually focus, simultaneously, on multiple tasks is rare.
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7/16/2015 | 11:46:37 PM
Re: Distraction= death
I can vouch that, even when I'm not "interacting with a mobile device" (as the study mentions), the notifications are distracting and let me add, sometimes very annoying.
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impactnow,
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7/16/2015 | 10:14:41 PM
Re: Distraction= death
Broadway time and time against studies prove that multitasking is making us less efficient.We are simply causing ourselves stress and not getting much done.
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7/16/2015 | 9:32:39 PM
Re: Distraction= death
I know soon we will have the people posting here who say that our human brain is quickly evolving to handle, even perform better, with so many mobile distractions. I'll call bs ahead of time on you.
Broadway0474
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7/16/2015 | 9:32:36 PM
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I know soon we will have the people posting here who say that our human brain is quickly evolving to handle, even perform better, with so many mobile distractions. I'll call bs ahead of time on you.
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7/13/2015 | 3:59:20 PM
Distraction= death

It is definitely true my cell phone is distracting when it's in the same room where I am working. I will often put it in a drawer or leave it in my purse to avoid the distraction. i put it in the back seat so there is never a distraction in the car. Distracted driving is such a major issue that we need to address it now before more lives are lost. Parents driving distracted are only showing their teens it's okay to drive and text.

Susan Fourtané
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7/13/2015 | 4:05:01 AM
Re: Distraction!
jastroff, Your local newspaper "insisted"? :D I am pretty sure you can turn that off as well, if you wish. No application can have more power over your phone than yourself. I see you don't want to turn off all the alerts from your phone. But then. it's not that you don't have the option to not get distracted if they distract you, it's that you don't want to turn what distract you off. That's different than blaming the notification, or the smartphone for causing you to distract. If you really need to focus on some work, for instance, you could set your phone to be silent for a couple of hours and then check your notifications whenever you take your coffee break, or when you feel like it. That's what I do, and it works very well for me. I am the one who has the power over my phone and the notifications. I make it work according to my needs. You don't need to change your notifications one by one every time. I find the 'silent' button very useful. I am pretty sure your phone has a 'silent' button. -Susan
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7/12/2015 | 1:13:26 PM
Re: Distraction!
I went into my phone settings and turned off 2 alerts, but found that my local newspaper alerts insisted on an audio alert. I like those headlines. I also don't want to go through every application every time, or even once. Airplane mode is fine in the movies, or on a plane, but not for regular use.

It's not so much the alerts that are the issue in this case, it's the auditory announcement of their arrival. They demand attention when people may not want to give it. Silent alerts can sit there until you want to look at them. Some alerts you want to be aware of very loudly.

Here are some Apps designed to provide those filters for alerts, and other interesting re-routing.

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