Scientists can not yet prove that mobile phones lead to irreversible consequences for the human brain, but they agree that modern gadgets are addictive and lead to depression. In addition, smart phones often distract their owners, which leads to a serious decline in efficiency during the day.
Notification of stress
During the day a person constantly checks the notifications on his phone – they include alarm clocks, new messages in instant messengers, working letters from colleagues, and many other notifications.
Despite the fact that we have already become accustomed to such a rhythm in modern life, the human organism has not managed to adapt to high-tech realities.
A person is afraid to miss an important message or a call, as a result, when you look at another notification, stress hormones begin to be produced, muscles contract, and the heart starts beating more often.
According to statistics, 89% of American students have complained at least once that they feel a phantom call from their smartphone – they thought that it was vibrating or ringing, although in reality it was not.
Another 86% of young Americans said that they constantly check their accounts on social networks using a phone, which causes them stress.
Endocrinologist Robert Lustig told Business Insider that notifications on the smartphone can really cause a state of stress and fear. Because of this condition, the prefrontal cortex, which is one of the most important parts of the human brain, responsible for decision making and action planning, is practically “cut off”. “All this can lead to the fact that a person begins to commit stupid acts that can lead to unpleasant consequences,” the expert concluded.
In addition, the scientists found that, distracted by the smartphone, we completely disconnect from the implementation of their current affairs.
According to statistics, 97.5% of the world’s population can not boast of multitasking, which implies the effective implementation of several processes simultaneously.
Thus, when a person receives a notification and takes a phone in his hand to read the message, he is distracted. Individual time delays for switching from one activity to another last no more than a couple of tenths of a second, and do not have serious consequences. Nevertheless, if this occurs regularly during the day, such a switch “eats” up to 40% of brain activity. Do not let your brain get lazy.
But there are other consequences of the daily use of smartphones. The more tasks we perform, the more often we have to choose how we will spend the possibilities of the brain, which, alas, have limitations.
Sometimes smartphone users shift some duties to their devices or voice assistants, for example, ask them to remind them of a meeting, or use a calculator for elementary calculations.
As it turned out, the delegation of such tasks reduces brain activity, causing the gray matter to “be lazy.”
In addition, the scientists found that reading information from the smartphone screen is an ineffective way of learning, which seriously loses reading a paper book. Do not smoke, do not correspond
Despite the disappointing results of scientific research, it can not be said that any mobile applications destroy the human brain. Nevertheless, certain types of activity are really not very useful for the body.
A group of French scientists proved that the constant “hovering” in Facebook causes depression in young people. Among other things, some applications, such as the 2016 Pokemon Go hit, are addictive and addictive, forcing them to open again and again.
Such applications are specially created in order to give the brain so-called encouragement – this is a surge of pleasure every time when, for example, someone puts a “like” or leaves a comment under the user’s photo.
As in the case of addiction to gambling, this happens at an unpredictable frequency, which causes the brain to want more and more rewards.
Dr. Lustig expressed the hope that in future the society could impose bans on the use of smartphones, for example, in public places, by analogy with smoking. Such a stiff measure will allow people to at least slightly limit the time spent behind the gadget, and give the brain a well-deserved rest. “I’m not against technology as such, but I’m against technology that encourages their use. They are specially created in such a way that you do not get off the hook, “the expert said.