What are the effects of smartphones on the brain? Given the prevalence of smartphones today, it is a question of interest for health care practitioners, mental health professionals, educators, parents, and anyone who happens to use a smartphone on a regular basis.If you were asked to go a day without your smartphone, do you think you could do it easily? Researchers who have asked participants to go without their phones for various periods of time have found that breaking the technology habit, even for a relatively short interval, can be exceedingly difficult. Walk into any public venue and you will probably find people using their phones for a variety of purposes, from conducting business calls to checking their email to updating their Twitter. Our phones have become an inextricable part of our lives. But does this reliance on smart phones have any impact on our brains? Effects of Smartphones On the Brain Recent research suggests that smartphone usage does indeed have an effect on the brain, although the long-term effects remain to be seen. In one study presented to the Radiological Society of North America, researchers found that young people with a so-called internet and smartphone addition actually demonstrated imbalances in brain chemistry compared to a control group. Another studying appearing in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research found that cognitive capacity was
significantly reduced whenever a smartphone is within reach, even when the phone is off.
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