Brain Drain: Scientists Told about the Impact of Smartphone on a Person

smartphoneAn experiment of American scientists has shown that the presence of a mobile phone within the reach of the hand reduces the person's intellectual abilities, even if the device is turned off. Texas scientists conducted an experiment with nearly 800 smartphone users to assess how a smartphone that is nearby affects the brain. The team asked the participants to sit down at the computer and conduct a series of tests that require full concentration. The tests were aimed at measuring the cognitive ability of participants - the ability to retain and process data. Before the start the participants were asked to place their smartphones face down on a table, in a pocket, in a bag or in another room. All participants were instructed to turn off the phones. The researchers found that the participants with their phones in the other room significantly exceeded those whose phones were on the table and did a little better than those who had the devices in their pockets or in a bag. Moreover, it does not matter whether a person's smartphone is turned on or off, or whether it was lying face up or face down on the table, it still distracted the participant from the main task. Dr. Adrian Ward explained that this is a trend that suggests that as the smartphone becomes more visible, the availability of cognitive ability of the participants decreases. Your conscious mind does not think about your smartphone, but this process of forcing yourself not to think about something - uses some of your limited cognitive resources: it's a brain drain.


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