Your smartphone is wrecking your brain, and that’s by design. There is mounting evidence that the way we use our digital devices and the way designers are influencing us to use them, is not good for us. On the whole, we are feeling more anxious. Our memories are not as good. Our real world social interactions are suffering. But it’s not all bad news. We are starting to see campaigns to get us unhooked.
Eric Andrew-Gee, writing for the Globe and Mail:
It’s there, cold and hard, in a growing body of research by psychiatrists, neuroscientists, marketers and public health experts. What these people say – and what their research shows – is that smartphones are causing real damage to our minds and relationships, measurable in seconds shaved off the average attention span, reduced brain power, declines in work-life balance and hours less of family time.
They have impaired our ability to remember. They make it more difficult to daydream and think creatively. They make us more vulnerable to anxiety. They make parents ignore their children. And they are addictive, if not in the contested clinical sense then for all intents and purposes.