Research supports banning smartphones from meetings

In a study recently conducted by IMEX America in conjunction with MPI, 40 percent of professionals believe that smartphones and tablets should be banned from meetings, according to an article online in Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings.

Pending messages and content has been found to disrupt people’s discussions, attention spans and trains of thought. Francisco Gino, a professor at Harvard Business School, offered support for the ‘no device’ policy: “Multitasking is simply a mythical activity…In fact, studies show that a person who is attempting to multitask takes 50 percent longer to accomplish a task and he or she makes up to 50 percent more mistakes.”

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