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The value of unplugging in the Age of Distraction

Updated : October 06, 2019 04:37 PM IST

Texting while driving resulted in 16,000 additional road fatalities from 2001 to 2007. More than 21 percent of vehicle accidents are now attributable to drivers talking on cellphones and another 5 percent were text messaging.
A 2010 survey of over 2,000 8- to 12-year-old girls in the US and Canada found that media multitasking was associated with negative social indicators, while face-to-face contact was associated with more positive social indicators such as social success, feelings of normalcy and hours of sleep (vital for young people).
In a now classic study, researchers at Stanford University found that multitaskers were less efficient because they were more susceptible to using irrelevant information and drawing on inappropriate memories.
The value of unplugging in the Age of Distraction

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