Can a tree that falls when no one is around make a sound? Can a phone booth phone ring without being answered? Can a smartphone notify without you checking it? My wife just about loses it every time my phone receives a notification. She is always worried that I may have just been notified that the end of the world has arrived. The fact that I can be so indifferent about a text or email notification just doesn't seem to sit well with her. I can literally hear a notification go off before I go to bed and be just fine with checking it the next day when I wake up. On the other hand every notification on my wife's phone must be viewed the instant it arrives. What if a family member is in harm, what if a bill need immediate attention, what if the school has called about the kid. All of these anxieties are felt every time a notification comes in. It seems that this need to check every notification every time is actually pretty common. A new study from The University of British Columbia finds that smartphone notifications cause ADHD like symptoms in adults. The study focused on 221 young people over the course of two weeks. During the first week they were placed in an experimental distraction setting and their phone was placed on vibrate and was within reach at all times. The next week the phone was set to silent and removed. When participants had their phones removed they became more focused and productive. They could check their phones when they chose to, but normally did so less often. The participants with vibrating phones during the first week demonstrated signs of ADHD. More info on this interesting study can be found in the link below via VICE Can any of you relate to the anxious feeling of needing to check notifications?