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Turning Phones on Silent May Increase Phone Checking


Locket, an Android app that records and compensates its users for the number of times they unlock their phones, found that an average person checks his or her smartphone a whopping 110 to 150 times a day.

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Pennsylvania State University researchers found turning phones on silent or buzz mode may encourage, rather than discourage, more phone checking.

The researchers analyzed screen-time data compiled from 138 iPhone users, and those whose phones had sound and vibration on checked their devices 2.9 times a day on average, but checked them 98.2 times a day on average when their phones were silent.

People with high levels of the Fear of Missing Out psychological trait checked their phones about 50 times daily with vibration on, and 120 times daily when silent.

Subjects characterized as having a strong Need to Belong stayed on phones longer if the devices were set to silent or vibration only.

The research suggests the commonsensical advice of cutting back on interactive media can backfire.

From Penn State Institute for Computational and Data Sciences
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