I was listening to a podcast from Robin Sharma and heard him cite this alarming statistic – “The average person checks their phone 110 times a day.”
At first I thought it was hyperbole. There is no way that someone can check their phone that many times. But as I thought about it, I realized there was a lot of truth in the statement.
Regardless if its ten times, fifty times or as many as 110 – it is clear that we are prone to distraction because of the amount of times we check our phones.
Oftentimes we can be focused and engulfed in a task when we hear the vibration of a phone. We are quick to check it and drop everything we are doing. It’s not just a phone – now communication comes from several sources: Facebook notifications, twitter, emails. The downside is that its tough to get back into a task. You end up spending another few minutes just trying to regain your concentration.
One thing I’ve learned to do is turn my phone off. Or put it in airplane mode. I also adjust my email settings so that messages don’t arrive automatically. With so many modes of communication it doesn’t completely work, but at least it helps.