Imagine If Phones Knew When To Let Us Focus

Imagine If Phones Knew When To Let Us Focus
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Your personality traits, among other factors, could let researchers predict your receptiveness to smartphone interruptions-texts, push alerts, social media messages, and more.

The model could lead to better ways to manage a blizzard of notifications and limit interruptions—if smartphone manufacturers get on board.

“Ideally, a smartphone notification management system should be like an excellent human secretary who knows when you want to be interrupted or left alone,” says Janne Lindqvist, an assistant professor in the department of electrical and computer engineering in the Rutgers University School of Engineering. “We know that people struggle with time management all the time, so a smartphone, instead of being a nuisance, could actually help with things.”

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