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What Happens To Your Brain When You Get Flooded With Spam Calls



What Happens To Your Brain When You Get Flooded With Spam Calls
If spam calls are ruining your relationship with your phone, you're not alone. According to a call protection agency, First Orion, spam calls have been increasing exponentially each year, accounting for over 50% of phone calls by 2019. Though it...


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The rise of spam calls

The rise of spam calls

Spam calls have been increasing each year exponentially, accounting for more than half of phone calls by 2019.

Receiving many spam calls can be psychologically triggering when you're already feeling taxed emotionally.




How spam calls affect you

Spam calls are changing our relationships with our phones, including how we respond to phone calls.

Receiving a spam call doesn't just annoy you - it can cause greater distress by triggering the central nervous system to send out panic signals. Too many spam calls might cause you to disengage.



Regaining control over your phone

Ways to avoid spam calls:

  • Blocking unknown numbers.
  • Put your phone on Do Not Disturb mode so that calls are sent straight to voicemail.
  • Silence unknown callers on your iPhone.




Find the Fun

To create meaning in your tasks, find out why you need to do them. Then find ways to make each task fun. Owning a task in this way is likely to improve your focus.

Be Comfortable

Don't let discomfort distract you from your work. 

Make sure you have a comfortable table and chair combination. That way you can remain focused for more hours without becoming fatigued. 

Organise Your Workstation

Too much clutter on your desk can be distracting. 

Organise your desk. Retain only the items you need and keep them neatly arranged. Pack the rest away.

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How your brain handles data

Your rational brain can process about six bits of data at once.

For example, in a meeting, you could be processing:

  1. what happened in your last meeting with her;

When you're stressed

If during a meeting, you perceive an emotional threat, your brain will release stress hormones that will attempt to remove complexity from the situation. These stress chemicals will flush out bits of data that seem unimportant.

If just one bit of data is flushed out of your rational brain, you will be left with 120 options. (5 x 4 x 3 x 2 x 1 = 120). It effectively means that you just lost 600 possibilities.

Higher-order thinking 

When your creative, higher-order thinking fades due to stress, all you are left with is binary thinking; Yes-no, now-or-never thinking. This makes it impossible to be innovative or to engage in any form of value creation.

You can get back to the 720 possibilities by restoring your higher-order thinking.

William James

“Wisdom is the art of knowing what to overlook.”

William James

The 2 kinds of distractions

  • Sensory distractions (External): The things happening around us, like colleagues talking, phones ringing, people moving around us, music playing, etc.
  • Emotional distractions (Internal): The thoughts that make our attention drift from what we’re doing. For example, remembering a phone call you need to make or thinking about a future meeting.

Daniel Goleman

Daniel Goleman

“It’s not the chatter of people around us that is the most powerful distractor, but rather the chatter of our own minds.”