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OUR VIEW: Be smart, Surrey – don’t let your phone control you

Study shows increasing smartphones getting more of our attention

We have a question for you. How easily are you distrac… SQUIRREL!!!

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There is growing commentary that our addiction to smartphones and other attention-getting devices is shortening attention spans.

Imagine how challenging that might be for the education community, who are now competing for student’s attention with email, texts and Snapchat.

According to Deloitte’s 2016 Global Mobile Consumer Survey, the time it takes people to pick up their smart phone in the morning continues to shrink. More than 40 per cent of us check our phones within five minutes of waking.

During the day, we look at our smartphones about 47 times, or 82 times if you are in the 18-24 age group. At the end of the day, about 30 per cent check their devices five minutes before going to sleep – and about 50 per cent check in sometime during their night’s sleep.

Of course, even if you are not checking them, most devices are constantly buzzing and dinging to get us to look at them, whether it is a text from a friend you want to hear from, or Facebook telling you an acquaintance just commented on another acquaintance’s post.

Small wonder then that there’s a movement encouraging people to shut off the push notifications on their smart devices and regain control of their attention.

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