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If you're in the middle of surgery, you want your surgeon to be paying FULL attention to what he or she is doing, not trying to answer a Trivia Crack question.
In most fields, it should come as no surprise that a majority of us spend a LOT of time on our phones at work, decreasing productivity. But a new study shows that doctors are just as guilty as the rest of us.
The app Listen paired with market research firm YouGov for a study about phone usage at work, and what it found is a little bit concerning to say the least. The study found that out of the 1,200 adults tested, 68% of them are checking their phones several times per work day.
Narrowed down by field, consultants are the most distracted with 76% of them checking their phones at least five times per shift, IT guys came in second with 59%, followed by those in the financial sector (27%) and teachers (23%).
This shouldn't be that big of a deal and should come as no surprise. I'm willing to bet a majority of people check their phones even more than five times a day while at work. I know I do. But the worst that can happen is a missed deadline or sub-par performance. But what about doctors?