A new report says that listening to airwaves on your iPhone can actually be more effective than using your phone’s microphone.
The study, from the University of Southern California’s Institute for Advanced Studies, found that people who listened to the Internet on their iPhones were about 20 percent more likely to report that they were less likely to use a microphone when using a cellphone than when using their phone’s speakers.
“When you listen to the audio signal, you’re not hearing the speaker,” said Dr. Richard Breslow, lead author of the study.
“You’re listening and reading on your phone.”
“It’s not as if you’re just reading out loud, you are also reading the text on your screen,” he added.
“The fact that you are actually reading the information, the audio is being decoded.”
The researchers tested the effectiveness of listening to a phone’s loudspeakers by using a smartphone app that allows you to control the volume of the audio, and they were able to get the results that listening on your smartphone was actually more effective at increasing the likelihood of using a microphone.
While the app may be useful in a pinch, the researchers said it was likely the real key to the study is a deeper understanding of the different types of sound and how that information is received by people.
“The real key is a deep understanding of how people perceive sound and the perception of sound as a medium, and the way that sound is being processed,” Dr. Bresless said.
The researchers concluded that the study provides new insight into how people use their smartphones.
“We are discovering how people understand and interpret the information they’re receiving,” Dr Breslow said.
“As an individual, this is not something that will change the way you use your phone.
But as a society, it’s very important.”