OMG! Presence Of Smartphones Reduces BRAIN’s Power
Are you the one who lives on the phone? Well, if you want to take advantage of the potential of your brain, you should stay a bit further away from it. Yes, it may sound bit odd but at least a group of scientists says so.
The group of scientists who believe this at the University of Texas at Austin, USA, has conducted a study that shows that the mere presence of our mobile reduces the power of our brain.
To carry out this work, the team counted on the participation of about 800 users of mobile phones, in order to record and measure the time it takes to complete tasks when the smartphone is in front, and compare the data with the realization of the same activities without the device in sight.
In one experiment, the volunteers were asked to sit in front of a computer to perform a series of activities that required full attention. The tests were aimed at measuring the participants’ brain capacity to contain and process data at a given time, which is known as cognitive ability.
Before starting, each subject was instructed to put their cell phone in silence and where to place it: some in front of them, others in the pocket, others on the table but with the screen facing down, etc.
The researchers observed that the results of those who did not have the smartphone with them far exceeded those of the others, followed by people who kept the device in their pocket. Therefore, the results suggest that the mere presence of the mobile phone on the table reduces the cognitive ability and impairs cognitive functioning, even though individuals believe that they are devoting their full attention to a task.
“We see a linear trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more noticeable, it diminishes the cognitive ability of the participants,” explains Adrian Ward, one of the team members. “It’s not that the participants are distracted because they were receiving notifications on their phones, is that the mere presence of the smartphone was enough to reduce their cognitive ability”.
So, what do you think about this? Do you believe this tests? If so, then what difference you felt after trying this test? Simply share your views and thoughts in the comment section below.