Study shows ringtones adversely affect concentration

By Digit NewsDesk | Updated 16 Feb 2012
Study shows ringtones adversely affect concentration

A recent study by Washington University claims that mobile ringtones affect concentration adversely, especially catchy ringtones – like your favourite song. The study claims that mobile phones only on silent mode, without even vibration, are the only way to avoid being distracted.

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The study’s lead author, Jill Shelton, explained: “Many of us consider a mobile phone ringing in a public place to be an annoying disruption, but this study confirms that these nuisance noises also have real-life impacts. These seemingly innocuous events are not only a distraction, but they have a real influence on learning.”

The researchers used an undergraduate psychology lecture at Louisana State University as the site for the experiment, where Shelton posed as a student. In the middle of the lecture, she allowed her mobile phone to keep ringing, within her handbag, for about 30 seconds.

Students at the end of the lecture were given a test, and on average, performed 25 per cent worse on that portion of the test which preceded Shelton’s phone ringing. This was despite a slide show of the preceding portion being displayed during the interruption.

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While the results were quite obvious - a distraction is a distraction - solutions in most locations aren't always possible, though of course, it couldn't hurt to take a little more care at places other than just classrooms, offices, and movie halls. It could be your sibling studying in the next room.

Source: Daily Mail

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