Being near your smartphone reduces brainpower even if it's off, stu...

Your cognitive capacity is reduced significantly if you are in the presence of your smartphone, even if it's turned off, new research has shown.

... it didn't make a difference whether their phone was on or off, or whether it was face up or face down on the desk. The mere presence of a phone, in sight and in reach, reduced participants' ability to focus and perform tasks because their brains are constantly working in an active manner not to pick up the phone. [emphasis mine]

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So that's why I hate that thing so much! I just have one so a few important people can reach me, but I always manage to leave it somewhere as far away as possible so it can't bother me.

I have pockets.  The phone only comes out if I need it in order to look something up for the work I'm doing.

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