A test of WILLPOWER
In a study of nearly 800 smartphone users, participants took a series of tests requiring their full concentration to score well. Beforehand, they were randomly instructed to put their smartphones face-down on the desk, in their pocket, in their bag, or in another room. Those with their phones in a different room significantly outscored those with their phones on their desk. Researchers say having a phone within sight can reduce your ability to focus, as part of the brain is actively working to not use the phone.