Does Using Your Smartphone Make You Dumber?

Smartphone Use

The internet has revealed several dangers associated with excessive smartphone use. From posture-related health problems to injuries and accidents, name it and you might get it!

But it seems that a lot of people can’t control themselves when it comes to texting, Facebooking, and Instagramming. If you are one of those who can’t find a convincing reason to limit cell phone use, then this post is for you.

Today, I am going to share the latest research from McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas. And this might finally convince you to control your superfluous smartphone habits.

This study says that too much use of mobile devices may lead to reduced cognitive capacity and brain drain. In other words, uncontrolled phone time could result in  decreased brain function.


Furthermore, the findings suggest that putting a smartphone in arms’ reach may yield similar effects even if it is not in use. Meaning, turning off your phone every night and placing it on your side table won’t save you from any damaging effects.

Moreover, the research also reveals that positioning your smartphone with its face down on a desk or any table does not minimize your chances of being affected by the adverse effect of prolonged smartphone use. This means that you really need to work on your phone habits. That is if you want to keep a healthy and useful brain.

And you know what? The more you expose yourself to smartphones, the more you susceptible you are to its long term effects!

The Process Behind The Study

The researchers, of course, came up with the above conclusion after conducting experiments to support their claim. Actually, they ran two sets of experiments to first, determine the effects of smartphone use on individuals. And second, to identify whether individuals who are reliant on mobile device suffer worse effects than those who are not.

In the first experiment, the researchers randomly picked 520 participants. They were tasked to put their smartphones into Silent and keep them in their pockets, desks, or in another room. But they have to leave the phone with its face down.

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