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Muting notifications will make you check your phone more – not less 

Muting notifications has been described as one way to help combat smartphone addiction, but a new study suggests it may not be as effective as previously thought.

Researchers in Pennsylvania have surveyed over 100 people on their smartphone use, and whether they have notifications on or off. 

They found muting notifications can be ‘psychologically distressing’ and makes smartphone users check their phone more – not less. 

Having notifications off is particularly stressful for people who suffer from ‘fear of missing out’ (FoMO) – the belief that friends and relatives are having fun without us. 

The new results appear to contradict findings of another study published last month, which named disabling notifications as the best tactic for cutting phone use.  

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