Hide Your Phone When You’re Trying to Work. Seriously.

first_imgWorse still: The more you depend on your phone, the more your cognitive abilities suffer when it’s around. Yes, it’s a little extreme to lock your phone in a drawer. But I’ve learned that it’s the only way I can truly focus and be as productive as I want to be. And unfortunately, the same is true for you, even if you don’t realize it — or want to believe it. (Airplane mode, sadly, won’t help — more on that later.) A 2017 study in The Journal of the Association of Consumer Research found that the mere presence of your phone — even if it’s powered off, and even if you’re actively and successfully ignoring it — “reduces available cognitive capacity,” which the study’s authors call “brain drain.” As I type this, my iPhone is tucked away inside my desk drawer under lock and key. It’s been there all day, completely out of sight. I’m slightly anxious about the notifications I might be missing, but only slightly; it’s a manageable level that’s not distracting. “If it’s in the environment, it’s almost like it’s calling out to us,” said Adrian Ward, assistant professor in the marketing department at the University of Texas at Austin. “We’re automatically drawn to it.” Read the whole story: The New York Times More of our Members in the Media >last_img read more

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Argos Unable to Hold Off Saints in 6-2 Loss

first_img Brandon Brewer 3-for-4, 1 Run (jimhoguephotos.com) ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — The University of West Florida baseball team dropped their first game of their four game road trip to Flagler College 6-2 Friday night in St. Augustine.  The Argos took an early lead but missed offensive opportunities late in the game allowing Flagler to hang on and capitalize with a five run seventh inning to down the Argos.Flagler got out to a quick 1-0 lead on the Argos in the bottom half of the first inning. Joey Sgromolo singled up the middle driving in Joey Rivera who doubled off the left field wall to put the Saints up 1-0.The Argos offense answered right back in the top of the second.  Brandon Brewer got things started with a double down the right field line and advanced to third on a fielding error by Sam Bridgeman in right.  Justin Bennet, in his first collegiate at-bat, blooped a single into right scoring Brewer to even up the score at one.  With two down and runners on first and second Jack Materne singled up the middle to bring home Bennet, giving the Argos a 2-1 lead.Argos’ starter Billy Whitaker cruised through the first six innings before running into trouble in the bottom half of the seventh.  After recording five straight hitless innings, Whitaker would surrender a leadoff double to Sam Bridgeman to start things off in the bottom of the seventh.  Next batter Payne Maddox drove Whitaker’s 1-0 pitch over the left field wall for his first homerun of the season, giving the Saints a 3-2 lead.  After a pair of singles the Saints’ Joey Rivera blasted a three run homerun to left, making it a 6-2 ballgame.Despite having many opportunities to score, the Argos offense struggled to hit with runners on, leaving a total of 11 runners left on base.  With the loss the Argos drop to 2-2 on the young season.The Argos will be back in action tomorrow afternoon as they as scheduled to take on Flagler at 11am ET before squaring off with No. 16 ranked Florida Southern College at 3pm ET.For more information on Argonaut athletics or to follow along with live stats, fans can keep up with the action at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version Sharecenter_img Argos Unable to Hold Off Saints in 6-2 Losslast_img read more

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