The iPad and Cognitive Dissonance Theory

Cognitive Dissonance Theory was developed by Festinger in 1957. The behavioral theory refers directly to the principle that conflict involving attitudes, beliefs and behaviors can be controlled by establishing boundaries. Identifying or creating triggers can assist in behavioral modification and assist an individual in personal management and selection of appropriate an inappropriate responses and actions.

We have probable all heard the say "We are our own worst enemy". Nothing can be truer in the use of mobile technology. Sometimes people blame Social Media and gaming for incomplete work and that access to various applications can be distracting and reduce work productivity. If this is the case then deliberate action must be taken to create Cognitive Dissonance.

There are two methods of applying the concept of Cognitive Dissonance the iPad. The first is to control on screen alerts and notifications and the second is to move similar applications into one folder. If the folder contains applications that impact on workflow then they should be moved to the last screen. Reducing accessibility improves Cognitive Dissonance and therefore one must make conscience effort to open applications that have been identified as debilitating. Take deliberate action in establishing a framework is essential for self preservation and time management. Developing boundaries will enhance work performance and therefore accelerate work productivity.

1. Notifications

To enable cognitive dissonance in regards to notifications adjustments need to be made in the Notification Centre. Editing the alerts is a simple process. All one must do is edit the applications and slide each application from "In Notification Centre" to “Not in Notification Centre”. As a precaution it is also advised to go into each application and ensure that all screen alerts are silenced and turned off. By removing notifications possible distractions and temptations are minimized.

In regards to iMessage, students and adults alike may receive on screen alerts and the intrinsic need to reply to messages and texts and ultimately this will impact workflow. Removing the desire to respond improves Cognitive Dissonance and in result improves self discipline and work performance.
2. Folders
Moving like applications into a folder enhances efficiency. Applications such as SnapChat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter can be misleading and impact time management. In like manner gaming can influence completion of work. Clash of Clans, Candy Crush, Minecraft and Injustice are four examples of applications that waste an incredible amount of time. Shifting applications that are addictive into a folder can assist with time management. Locating the folder on the final screen can improve Cognitive Dissonance.
In regards to Instagram, students and adults alike may decide to have this application docked. Having the application docked will improve access and heighten temptation. Withdrawing the temptation and distraction will promote self-management and actively establish a personal boundary.

Creating triggers for Cognitive Dissonance is an effective means of self-discipline. We are our own worst enemy. To enable self-regularity and promote personal development we must actively become our best friend and advocate and remove temptation and be aware of our own limitations.


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