Your smartphone will now decide whether to disturb you or not

Are you irritated with the continuous fizzing of your smartphone? So, we may have a solution to it soon. A team of researchers has designed a new tool that can inform if you are occupied with some work or reluctant to be disturbed by notifications on your smartphone. The model produced by the scientists from the Rugters University, the United States, guesses the receptiveness of a user to smartphone disturbances by integrating personality traits.

Janne Lindqvist said, “Superlatively, a smartphone notification management system is expected to be a brilliant human secretary that knows when the user wants to be left alone or should be interrupted. Ideally, your smartphone would identify your patterns of use and behavior and schedule notifications to minimize interruptions.”

At present, a smartphone user can restrict disturbances by putting their phones on silent mode but no device provides the feature to automatically switch when the user wants to receive the notifications. The team has designed a two-step model to guess the degree to which an individual is interruptible by a smartphone.

The first step was focused at verifying if the user is accessible or not at that moment. The second step estimates whether the persons are highly not interruptible, not interruptible, interruptible, highly interruptible, or neutral toward disturbances. Data was collected of about 5,000 smartphones from 22 volunteers over 4 weeks, which made it possible for them to verify how busy the participants were. The researchers believe that people can react to diverse types of interruptions on the basis of their level of business.

The study demonstrated that people are more interruptible when they are in pleasant mood compared to when they are not. Also the location of the individual matters a lot.

Researchers studied the situations when participants’ interruptibility varied. When participants were in a pleasant mood, they were likely to be more interruptible than if they were in an unpleasant mood, the study showed. For instance, a person studying won’t like to be disturbed in comparison to other activities.

So, don’t you think with this kind of application, rather than being a disturbance, a smartphone can be actually helpful?

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