Using your smartphone could be bad for your brain
People’s obsession with the Internet and the tech devices that keep them connected is leading to a rise in cases of ‘digital dementia.’
The condition is defined as a “deterioration in cognitive abilities,” with symptoms that are traditionally present in individuals who have suffered a brain injury, or mental illness.
Doctors in Seoul tell the JoongAng Daily that people’s over-use of smartphones is hurting the balanced development of people’s brains.
Byun Gi-won said the brains of “heavy users” are more developed on the left side rather than the right side.
What’s the difference? Well, it’s the right side that’s responsible for concentration and focus. So if it’s not developed, people could have problems with their memory span and attention span.
Another problem is that people are suffering “emotional flattening” - where a person is detached from the people around them, unable to feel emotions.
So if you use your smartphone too much, you probably can’t focus on tasks or remember much.
The Korean news outlet also reports that the smartphone addiction rate is rising rapidly in that country – up from 11.4 per cent of young adults between the ages of 10 and 19 in 2011 to 18.4 per cent last year.
Are you worried about the rise of digital dementia? Do you think kids and teens are at risk? What can be done to prevent this? Or is it just going to become normal?- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets