Spanish researchers want to determine when smartphone users are bored, the better to pelt people with content and disturb any blank-minded zen left in the modern world.
The researchers, three of whom are associated with Telefonica Research and the fourth with Germany’s University of Stuttgart, have developed a machine-learning program that detects when Android phone owners are bored, Nieman Lab reports. In a paper to be presented at a computing conference in Japan next week, the researchers write:
The researchers created an Android app that detected boredom, and suggested the user open a BuzzFeed News app when he or she seemed bored. People who were believed to be bored were more likely to click the link and spent more time on the site than those sent the notification randomly.