this phenomenon they call switch cost that when there’s an
interruption we switch away from the task that we were at and then
we have to come on back. We think it interrupts our efficiency
with our brains, by about 40 percent. Our nose is always getting
off the grindstone, then we have to reorient ourselves,” said Dr.
Scott Bea, a psychologist at Cleveland Clinic.
new reality for many is that technology has put the brain on high
alert most of the time, waiting for the next notification. Doctors
say when it happens, people can get little surges of the stress
hormone cortisol, which can cause the heart rate to jump, some
people to get sweaty hands and muscles can get a little tight.
unable to check phones immediately can cause those feelings of
anxiety to last until people are able to check their device.
Doctors say breaking that pattern involves creating a new habit,
which can take time.
when you start trying to stay away from the technology, or confine
it, you’ll be a little uncomfortable, you’ll have that fear of
missing out, or a little anxiety that something is getting past
you, but with practice, your brain can get used to it,” said Bea.
the habit is also difficult because experts say there can be an
addictive component to technology as the brain gets rewarded with
constant updates and the behavior is repeated over and over.