There’s no shortage of studies telling us to spend less time on our smartphones, but one surprising piece of research finds time spent scrolling may not be entirely wasted after all.
Study authors report smartphones can actually enhance productivity if used in a focused, “mindful” fashion. Conducted by Kaveh Abhari of San Diego State University and Isaac Vaghefi of City University of New York, the study finds that mindful use of smartphones, without necessarily minimizing screen time, enhances productivity.
Researchers say using pre-existing smartphone apps to monitor screen time can promote “focused or mindful cellphone usage,” which consequently leads to higher perceived productivity and user satisfaction. The research team initially set out to see if self-regulatory actions could lead to modified user behaviors fostering more positive smartphone outcomes.