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.
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 healthline.com).