Our motivation to work is greater when it allows us to access our smartphone than our favorite dish. This is revealed by an American study carried by two researchers in psychology.
A team of researchers was interested in the place that occupied our smartphone in our life. Sara O'Donnell and Leonard Heipstein of the University of Buffalo, USA, analyzed the behavior of 76 students, aged 18 to 22, at their school.
This study, published in the newspaper Addictive Behaviors, proved that the smartphone occupied an increasingly important place in our lives. The sample of students analyzed was thus ready to spend large sums of money and provide a large workload to find the phone they had been deprived of.
To achieve such results, researcher Sara O'Donnell, lead author of the study, invited students to read or review while being deprived of food for 3 hours and smartphone for 2 hours.
After this deprivation, the students had the opportunity to access the use of their laptop or food again by performing computer tasks. As time went on, the amount of work required to access a defined time of use of the laptop or a defined portion of their favorite snack increased. It appeared during these tests that students were making greater efforts to access their smartphone than food. It was from the number of clicks made while performing the computational task that researchers discovered the importance of smartphones in their lives.
In parallel, the researchers suggested that students answer a hypothetical questionnaire, in which they had to say how much they would be willing to spend per minute to find their phone, or to access food. It turned out that they were willing to spend a lot of money to find their phone, rather than to have their favorite snack.
This study highlights the growing importance of smartphones in our lives, and the way we are dependent on them.