Recently our team conducted a fascinating experiment on distraction. The research was meant to be the closing stage of our #DistractionDetox marathon.
We wanted to see whether or not distractions are as evil as experts say they are. Basically, we were searching for some real-life proof of how different types of distraction can affect our focus and overall performance.
We asked 19 participants to complete a simple children’s puzzle of 24 pieces. Each participant had to complete puzzles two times – with and without distraction. And we tracked how they performed.
We used different types of distraction – loud music, calm music, people talking nearby, phone alerts, cute puppy, and activity mimicking workplace interruptions.
To keep our experiment as objective as possible, types of distractions, puzzles, and rounds were randomly assigned.
All participants were asked to complete minor surveys before and after collecting puzzles. We wanted to see if particular factors such as gender, occupation, age, degree, and even level of hunger make people less or more sensitive to distraction.
Though the experiment was far from true scientific rigor, when we analyzed the results, we saw some interesting relationships. We can’t wait to reveal what we’ve discovered.
The process was informative and fun. Below is what we’ve learned and how our own findings correlate with the existing statistics and fasts.