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Research determines whether screen time reduction increases productivity

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Published April 17, 2023
Research determines whether screen time reduction increases productivity

News desk: Using existing smartphone applications to monitor cellphone screen time can enhance focused or mindful cellphone usage, according to research recently published by Kaveh Abhari of San Diego State University and Isaac Vaghefi of City University of New York.

This, in turn, leads to higher perceived productivity and user satisfaction. The research was recently published in AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (THCI).

The Positive Effect of Self-Monitoring

Abhari (associate professor of management information systems at SDSU’s Fowler College of Business) and Vaghefi (assistant professor of information systems at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College) said. At the same time, there was substantial research establishing the negative effects of cellphone screen time (intolerance, withdrawal, and conflict with job-related tasks), their research was designed to determine if self-regulatory behaviours could lead to modified user behaviour for more positive outcomes.

“We theorized that individuals who tracked their cellphone usage and set goals surrounding that users tended to have enhanced productivity and contentment with their productivity as they met their stated objectives,” said Abhari. “Previous research has shown that goal setting tends to raise performance expectations and we wanted to see if this theory held true for smartphone screen time as well.”

Putting it to the Test

To make this determination, the researchers surveyed 469 participating university undergraduate students in California, New York, and Hawaii. The three-week survey required all participants to complete four questionnaires and about half of them were required to download a screen-monitoring application to their phones. This app allowed users to monitor and set limits or goals with their cellphone screen time.

When the results were analyzed, researchers measured the perceived productivity of screen time reported by those surveyed, as well as the amount of screen time and the fatigue associated with self-monitoring. They also reviewed participants’ contentment with their productivity achieved through cellphone screen time. “Self-monitoring appears necessary to encourage the optimized use of smartphones,” said Abhari. “The results suggest optimizing but not minimizing screen time is more likely to increase user productivity.”

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