Bring Us Souvenirs from Paris! Part Deux

Tonight’s cancellation of class brings you Part 2 of my two-part blog series based on an out-of-class assignment.  You can find Part 1 here.  My two articles look at social media and distraction, but from two different perspectives.  The research article I cite in Part 1 discusses the levels of distraction during study time, whereas this article considers distraction to be a bit more useful….

My second intriguing article (from 2014 and unrelated to my field of research) is a qualitative study on how social media can help you quit smoking:  A Mobile App Offering Distractions and Tips to Cope with Cigarette Craving.

Quitting smoking? There's an app for that.

Quitting smoking? There’s an app for that.

The authors (Ploderer, et al.) designed and piloted a mobile app designed to distract quitters who are suffering cravings.  Appropriately named “DistractMe,” the app offers tips for distractions, as well as coping mechanisms for quitting; the latter was found to be more popular amongst the 14 participants.

My dad quit smoking around 5 years ago using nicotine gum.  He still chews it religiously and still suffers cigarette cravings, so I will definitely be recommending him something like this app — a recommendation it is likely he will promptly ignore even while acknowledging it is a good idea for an app.  Even so, I’m sure there are those who would find an app of this sort to be a helpful stop-smoking aid (as further evidenced by this list on

17 thoughts on “Bring Us Souvenirs from Paris! Part Deux

  1. Pingback: Bring Us Souvenirs from Paris! Part 1 | Bama Boilermaker

  2. I like this idea and agree with farmadita – it may be useful for other addictions – not sure about distraction addiction since we talk about that a lot in class 🙂 I have also seen family members struggle with nicotine gum providing only a different nicotine resource. It would be great to offer another form of support.


    • Additional support is always great, especially if that support comes in the form of something that trains your brain to react with different behaviors. However, I’m also not going to look a gift horse in the mouth — I’ll take my dad’s nicotine gum addiction over his smoking addiction any day. 🙂


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