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A Mere 3 Seconds Can Make You Screw Up at Work
Even tiny interruptions can derail your train of thought and increase mistakes, new research shows. Short interruptions—such as the few seconds it takes to silence that buzzing smart phone—have a surprisingly large effect on one’s ability to accurately complete a task, according to new research.
The study, in which 300 people performed a sequence-based procedure on a computer, found that interruptions of about three seconds doubled the error rate.
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