Train, take your train, go out and see the world, then stop the train.
But what about when you need to check the train again?
It turns out it’s time to take your phone.
According to a new study, train commuters tend to spend more time looking at trains than when they’re on their phones.
The findings of a study from Carnegie Mellon University, published in the journal Science Advances, show that while the people who have smartphones on their lap have the ability to get a better sense of how fast trains are going, they’re far less likely to get distracted.
The researchers also found that the people with smartphones on the train are far more likely to look at a train’s navigation system, which tells them where they are on the track.
“When we are not distracted, we are more likely than when we are distracted to look for the best path,” study lead author Mark Schatz, an associate professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon, said in a press release.
“And we are much more likely if we’re looking for the quickest path, which is often the case for smartphones.”
Schatz said he and his colleagues set up the experiment with participants walking into a room filled with train passengers and asking them to tell the time.
The study team would then look at the train’s onboard navigation system.
While the participants were not asked to take their phones off the train, Schatz noted that they were able to see when they had finished and then re-attempted to find the best route for them.
The results showed that when the train was on the tracks, people were more likely still to look around at the navigation system on the phones.
“When we look at an app, we have to make the decision whether we want to take a screenshot or not,” Schatz explained.
“The people who look at their navigation app are more willing to take the screenshot.
This suggests that when you look at your app and the train is on the screen, you’re more likely on your phone than you are distracted.”
Train commuters were more distracted by the navigation on the phone when it was on a train that was running ahead of them, Schiz said.
“It’s a bit like being on a plane, where it’s tempting to take one last photo before the plane goes back into the air,” he said.
While Schatz acknowledged that the results could be a result of the fact that trains on the highway often take long stretches of time to arrive, he said it’s important to note that while people do tend to look more closely at their phones while riding the train when they are distracted, the research is not about to blame smartphone use for distracting commuters.
“The study is not designed to show that smartphone use is the cause of distracted train riders.
But if we think about it from the perspective of people who want to be able to get to their train stations, this is a big deal,” he added.
The Carnegie Mellon study is the latest in a series of research studies that have found that people with distracted smartphones are far less able to keep up with the flow of information on the road.
For instance, a recent study showed that people who use their smartphones to take photos of the road are more distracted than people who just focus on the information on their phone.
The new study suggests that if you’re trying to take an image of a train, you might want to check your phone before you get on the trains.
But be warned: Schatz says the study also found it is better to check an app than your phone, especially when you’re on the verge of getting to your destination.