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Singtone vs. Artificial ringtone

Uzair, Syed Muhammad LU ; Murtaza, Sohail LU and Sheikholeslamian, Seyedeh Niloufar LU (2010) INFM02 20101
Department of Informatics
Abstract
The cell phones have become an inseparable part of people’s life and they have been carried everywhere nowadays, as the nature of the modern society requires constant availability and flexibility. The ringtones of the cell phones can be heard almost in all places, even in the ones where the silence and tranquility is required to focus on some special tasks. This study has been undertaken in order to investigate the levels of distraction caused by the cell ringtones (singtone and artificial tone) in the environment, created for the educational purposes and to examine effects of the ringtones on the task performance. In order to fulfill the task the quantitative methods have been used to measure the interrelated factors of the model. Twenty... (More)
The cell phones have become an inseparable part of people’s life and they have been carried everywhere nowadays, as the nature of the modern society requires constant availability and flexibility. The ringtones of the cell phones can be heard almost in all places, even in the ones where the silence and tranquility is required to focus on some special tasks. This study has been undertaken in order to investigate the levels of distraction caused by the cell ringtones (singtone and artificial tone) in the environment, created for the educational purposes and to examine effects of the ringtones on the task performance. In order to fulfill the task the quantitative methods have been used to measure the interrelated factors of the model. Twenty five participants have taken part in this study to investigate the impact of the ringtones on the learning progress. The authors have used two different ringtones: a popular song and artificial Nokia built in tone, in the same environment, where the participants have been engaged in the learning activities. All experiments have been conducted in the School of Economics and Management Science. The participants had not been informed before the experiments were undertaken. In each case, quickly after the experiment, the survey was conducted in order to examine the level of distraction experienced by the participants after being exposed to the ringtones.
The outcome of this study has established that the cell phone ringtones, considered as isolated events are distracting. It has also been proved that the effects of the distraction caused by the ringtones remain longer if the popular songs are heard, however the impact might depend on the familiarity of the individual with the song. (Less)
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author
Uzair, Syed Muhammad LU ; Murtaza, Sohail LU and Sheikholeslamian, Seyedeh Niloufar LU
supervisor
organization
alternative title
Perception of distraction caused by cellular phone ringtones in study environment
course
INFM02 20101
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
Auditory Distraction, High Level Distraction, Level of Distraction, working memory, Cognitive task, Artificial tone, Singtone, Distraction, Low Level Distraction, Ringtone, Long term distraction., Short term distraction
report number
INF10-041
language
English
id
1623640
date added to LUP
2010-08-25 13:42:15
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2010-08-25 13:42:15
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  abstract     = {The cell phones have become an inseparable part of people’s life and they have been carried everywhere nowadays, as the nature of the modern society requires constant availability and flexibility. The ringtones of the cell phones can be heard almost in all places, even in the ones where the silence and tranquility is required to focus on some special tasks. This study has been undertaken in order to investigate the levels of distraction caused by the cell ringtones (singtone and artificial tone) in the environment, created for the educational purposes and to examine effects of the ringtones on the task performance. In order to fulfill the task the quantitative methods have been used to measure the interrelated factors of the model. Twenty five participants have taken part in this study to investigate the impact of the ringtones on the learning progress. The authors have used two different ringtones: a popular song and artificial Nokia built in tone, in the same environment, where the participants have been engaged in the learning activities. All experiments have been conducted in the School of Economics and Management Science. The participants had not been informed before the experiments were undertaken. In each case, quickly after the experiment, the survey was conducted in order to examine the level of distraction experienced by the participants after being exposed to the ringtones.
The outcome of this study has established that the cell phone ringtones, considered as isolated events are distracting. It has also been proved that the effects of the distraction caused by the ringtones remain longer if the popular songs are heard, however the impact might depend on the familiarity of the individual with the song.},
  author       = {Uzair, Syed Muhammad and Murtaza, Sohail and Sheikholeslamian, Seyedeh Niloufar},
  keyword      = {Auditory Distraction,High Level Distraction,Level of Distraction,working memory,Cognitive task,Artificial tone,Singtone,Distraction,Low Level Distraction,Ringtone,Long term distraction.,Short term distraction},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Singtone vs. Artificial ringtone},
  year         = {2010},
}