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Friday, November 27, 2020

Addiction and Notifications

Intriguing experimental results which might drive other kinds of behavior on the phone.

Phone addiction not driven by notifications, study finds    By Cristina Criddle in BBC

Smartphone addiction is unlikely to be caused by notifications, a study by the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) suggests.

It found that 89% of interactions with phones were unprompted, with only 11% responding to an alert.

Group chats were also considered a "source of distress" for participants in the study.

Scrolling features on Instagram and Facebook led to the longest interactions, the research found.

Checking your smartphone is largely caused by “an urge of the user to interact with their phone that seems to occur in an almost automatic manner, just as a smoker would light a cigarette”, the study says. ... " 

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