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Digital Dementia: Your Smart Phone Is Giving You Brain Damage


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""Over-use of smartphones and game devices hampers the balanced development of the brain… Heavy users are likely to develop the left side of their brains, leaving the right side untapped or underdeveloped."

The right side is where stuff like concentration, memory span and attention live, so if it's under-developed, you may have trouble with focus or remembering anything"

Terrifying.

Once I'm used to checking my smartphone a hundred times a day, it's hard to break the habit.

Really, really hard!

I can imagine what smartphones are doing to the children and teenagers who use them.

Joe Kraus talks about smart phones creating a "Culture of Distraction":

http://pandawhale.com/post/2111/joe-kraus-on-how-we-are-creating-a-culture-of-distraction-and-the-repercussions

The key to not being doomed is to put the technology down, and spend enough time in the real world.

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