New research from Rice University researchers has found a link between spending too much time on digital devices and how first impression are formed.
The study, "Media multitasking is associated with altered processing of incidental, irrelevant cues during person perception" studies the relationship between people who use multiple digital devices at once (known as media multitaskers), and how they perceive people they have never formerly met.
The researchers found a connection between the use of digital devices and the quality of first impressions. People who reported regular media multitasking were more likely to be diverted by unrelated information, when making first impressions about someone they had never met, compared with those who did not engage in frequent media multitasking.
The researchers compared how 96 college students filtered out insignificant information from their physical environments while gauging a new person.
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