Does Reducing Screen Time Make You More Productive?


Reducing Screen Time

Psychology News

American researchers explored the association between reducing screen time and productivity. The study is published in the journal AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (THCI).

The Study

The research team, drawn from San Diego State University and the City University of New York, surveyed 469 undergraduate students in California, New York, and Hawaii.

The three-week survey required all participants to respond to four questionnaires. Then, half of the participants were asked to monitor their quality screen time with a screen-monitoring application on their phones.

The participants were then asked about their amount of screen time, eye fatigue, the productivity of screen time, and personal contentment over cell phone screen time.

The Findings

The results revealed a positive correlation between self-monitoring and contentment with productivity achievement. It was found that people who successfully self-monitored their screen time or made mindful use of smartphones experienced positive outcomes and higher overall user satisfaction.

They also developed positive user behaviors that sidelined the negative effects of cell phone addiction like intolerance, withdrawal, conflict with job-related tasks, etc.

One of the lead authors, Kaveh Abhari, elaborated: “This study could lead system developers to embed features into mobile devices that enable self-monitoring. These features could improve quality screen time and enhance the relationship between humans and digital technology.

To Know More You May Refer To

Abhari, K., & Vaghefi, I. (2022). Screen Time and Productivity: An Extension of Goal- setting Theory to Explain Optimum Smartphone Use. AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 14(3), 254–288.

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