Connection norms have forced individuals to keep their smartphone within arm’s length to be reachable anytime-anywhere. This has led to strong connection habits that, paired with the boundless nature of the smartphone, have increased the possibilities of being exposed to distracting (auditory) cues trigger-ing smartphone related habits. In this study we investigate whether digital (sound) distractions were more distracting compared to non-digital (sound) distractions as a result of smartphones being highly prevalent in our society and how a local distraction effect might impact overall task performance. We found that digital distractions did have a local distraction effect, but these local distractions did not amount to any significant group differences in terms of overall task performance. Although, it was found that individuals exposed to digital distractions reported increased perceived mental effort, -task diffi-culty, -subjective distraction and reduced perceived attention paid to the task compared to the non-digital and control groups.
Mølgaard, Nina Melanie; Hubert, Marco; Steinmann, Sascha; and Riedl, René, "DISTURBING DISTRACTIONS: INVESTIGATING THE IM-PACT OF DIGITAL AND NON-DIGITAL DISTRACTIONS ON TASK PERFORMANCE" (2023). ECIS 2023 Research-in-Progress Papers. 43.