Scientists have determined that the mere presence of mobile phone reduces brain power and thus you lose your capacity to concentrate. The researchers found that participants with their phones in another room significantly outperformed those with their phones on the desk.
Though we all are aware of the dangers of mobile phones we do not take it seriously. Mobile phone reduces brain power and because of that reason when time goes we lose our brain capacity to concentrate on other areas of our life. The children should be in a special way taught to minimise the usage of mobile phones and in that way we could help them to protect from the danger of brain damage.
McCombs Assistant Professor Adrian Ward and co-authors conducted experiments with nearly 800 smartphone users in an attempt to measure, for the first time, how well people can complete tasks when they have their smartphones nearby even when they’re not using them.
In one experiment, the researchers asked study participants to sit at a computer and take a series of tests that required full concentration in order to score well. The tests were geared to measure participants’ available cognitive capacity — that is, the brain’s ability to hold and process data at any given time. Before beginning, participants were randomly instructed to place their smartphones either on the desk face down, in their pocket or personal bag, or in another room. All participants were instructed to turn their phones to silent.
The researchers found that participants with their phones in another room significantly outperformed those with their phones on the desk, and they also slightly outperformed those participants who had kept their phones in a pocket or bag.
“It’s not that participants were distracted because they were getting notifications on their phones,” said Ward. “The mere presence of their smartphone was enough to reduce their cognitive capacity.”
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