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It’s no secret that running your computer can get in the way of a good meal.
But a new study suggests that running with your smartphone may not actually be as bad as you think.
A new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience suggests that people who run on their smartphones may actually be better able to focus and focus well.
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Auckland found that participants who were trained to focus on their phones were more likely to complete tasks when they had smartphones.
Dr Chris Walker from the University’s Department of Psychology said: “Running with your phone is not necessarily going to be a good idea, and I would argue that the most effective way to run is to keep it to yourself.”
The researchers recruited 19 people and trained them to focus only on their phone screens for 30 minutes a day.
“Participants performed better in the task when they were training to focus, as measured by their average time to complete the task, than when they didn’t, as judged by their ability to keep their eye on their smartphone,” Dr Walker said.
“They also reported that their performance improved as they focused more on the task.”
Dr Walker and his colleagues used functional MRI to examine brain activity in participants who had been trained to track their smartphone screen activity and then completed an exercise program that focused on focusing on the phone screen.
Participants were then asked to complete an activity that required them to keep the smartphone screen on and to then complete an exercise that involved focusing on their task.
During the exercise, participants were asked to run with a smartphone on their hands and were asked how many steps they would take to complete each task, while watching the video feed on their computer screen.
The participants were then instructed to hold their smartphone on the ground for as long as they wanted to complete it.
Dr Walker explained: “When they did that exercise, the participants who completed it were better able than those who did not to focus when they felt like they were distracted.”
“We found that running in the background of the activity didn’t seem to increase participants’ ability to focus during the exercise,” he added.
According to Dr Walker, people who use smartphones for their daily tasks are likely to get distracted by the smartphone screens and thus not pay much attention to the task at hand.
But the researchers said the exercise had no significant effect on the participants’ performance in the exercise.
This study is important, because it suggests that if you are doing your daily tasks using your smartphone, you are actually less likely to be distracted by it than people who are not using smartphones for that purpose, he said.
Dr Paul Smith, a University of New South Wales PhD student, said: “Running with a phone is the only activity that can be done while you are distracted, and there is a significant increase in attentional demands when you are running with a device in your hand.”
It is unclear whether running with an iPhone is any more distracting than running with another smartphone.
“I am not sure if running with the phone will increase your focus in the long run, but it might make your brain work harder,” Dr Smith said.
A further study published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looks at the effect of smartphone distraction on mental health and wellbeing.
It looks at how smartphone use and use of technology can affect mental health.
The researchers asked students to complete a questionnaire to measure their level of psychological distress.
The researchers then measured the levels of cortisol, which is released when a person is stressed.
They then looked at how much stress the students felt at each stage of the questionnaire, and how much cortisol they experienced when the stress was reduced.
Results showed that smartphone use was associated with higher levels of psychological stress, while smartphone use did not.
While the researchers are not yet sure whether the smartphone distraction was a factor in the higher levels in students who were diagnosed with depression, Dr Smith explained: I would hope that we can learn from the study and use this as an example of how people can use technology to help them manage their stress levels.
For more on running, check out our guide to running with smartphones.
It’s no secret that running your computer can get in the way of a good meal.But a new study suggests…