The advent of smart mobile devices has tremendously transformed how we do things. It has changed how people think, interact, and live their lives. Thanks to them, our society is no longer as it was just a decade ago, and that’s not necessarily a good thing.
A smartphone lets you do many things or serves multiple purposes at once. It can function as your compass, camera, television, and even your doctor. It practically puts the world in your pocket.
However, while these devices are no doubt smart, evidence suggests that they could decrease your brain power. This in addition to several other ways in which they can harm both your physical and mental health. We take a look at possible issues that suggests a smartphone might be harmful to your mental acuity, social life and overall health.
Reduced Cognitive Ability
Scientists have found that a smartphone is capable of reducing your cognitive capacity. In other words, they may somewhat decrease your mental capacity from constant use.
A study by researchers at the University of Texas’s McCombs School of Business showed this much. The team studied almost 800 phone users, who underwent several computer-based tests assessing full concentration.
With all devices muted, subjects who had their phones in a different room performed slightly better than others who kept their phones in their pockets and a lot better than those who had theirs face down on a desk.
Researchers in the above study said trying not to think about your smartphone when it’s within reach reduces available “cognitive resources.” The presence of a smartphone only is enough to reduce your cognitive capacity – to make you dumber.
Seeing how life so much revolves around smartphones, many people become easily addicted. Numerous people constantly have to be online or check their inboxes due to the nature of their jobs. Also, many others are constantly trying to keep up with the latest happenings on social media.
It’s not surprising then that a large number of people spend the greater part of their waking hour staring at screens. The variety of apps available keeps users glued for hours on end. People feel somewhat uncomfortable when they are not using their phones. This addiction, which can be disruptive, is more common among younger people.