Is Your iPhone Making You Less Productive?


Among phrases like “binge-watch” and “face-palm,” the word “sheeple” appeared in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary earlier this year — and iPhone users are kinda pissed.


To define “sheeple,” the editors at Merriam-Webster quoted CNN columnist Doug Criss.

“Apple’s debuted a battery case for the juice-sucking iPhone,” he said, “an ungainly lumpy case the sheeple will happily shell out $99 for.”


Upon reading this definition, two things are abundantly clear: Doug Criss is an Android user … and so are Merriam-Webster’s editors.


The Truth Behind Tech’s Biggest Rivalry

When it comes to iPhone versus Android, it’s a classic case of Batman versus Superman, Star Wars versus Star Trek, Mayo versus Miracle Whip.

Sure, there are some clear winners (*cough* bat, wars, whip), but humankind has spent literal decades arguing over things like which superhero, sci-fi series, and sandwich spread is best.

Truth be told, there is no right or wrong side to take. It all comes down to personal preference — and the same goes for your mobile device.

While the iPhone offers security, simplicity, and high-quality apps, Android offers affordability, variety, and customization.

No matter which operating system you choose, you’re bound to walk away with a really awesome piece of tech that can do way more than just make phone calls.

But which one will make you more productive?


Your Smartphone, Productivity, and You

In May 2017, TSheets commissioned OnePoll to survey 1,000 US adults (aged 18+) about their time-wasting habits and whether smartphones are making people more or less productive.

The results were, well, a bit divided.

While 35 percent of the respondents said smartphones have made us more productive, almost the same number, 32 percent, said they have made us less productive. The rest weren’t sure.

But let’s get down to brass tacks. Are iPhone users less productive than their Android counterparts?

Well, maybe a little bit.

Both iPhone and Android users unanimously agree that using their smartphone is one of their top time-wasting habits (29 percent of iPhone users and 26 percent of Android users).

And they’ll even admit that they regularly put off important tasks until the next day (68 percent of iPhone users and 62 percent of Android users).

But here’s the kicker. While only 28 percent of Android users admit to being distracted by their phone at work, a whopping 40 percent of iPhone users say the same thing.

But before you Android users hop on your high horses, consider this: According to the survey, Android users are 8 percent more likely to waste time playing video games than iPhone users (17 percent of Android users say video games are a top time waster, and only 9 percent of iPhone users agree).

So, yeah, iPhone users may be a bit more distracted at work, but at least they’re getting off the couch.

Do you think your smartphone makes you more or less productive?
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