Kang S, Kurtzberg TR. Reach for your cell phone at your own risk: The cognitive costs of media choice for breaks. J Behav Addict. 2019 Sep 1;8(3):395-403. doi: 10.1556/2006.8.2019.21. Epub 2019 Aug 16. PMID: 31418586; PMCID: PMC7044622.
As people are increasingly addicted to their cell phones, it is important to know the unintended costs associated with reaching for this device every spare minute. Although people may assume that it is not different from any other kind of interaction or break, this study shows that the phone might be more cognitively taxing than expected.