Have You Noticed Your Brain Melting Since You Got a Smartphone?

By Gary Cutlack on at

If you have, you might be suffering from what's known as "Digital Dementia," a new phrase coined by researchers to describe the changes in the brain brought about from never having to remember anything thanks to always having Google and Wikipedia in your pocket.

Doctors in South Korea aren't pushing this out as some kind of theory, either. They reckon heavy dependence on digital devices to remember things on our behalf can sometimes cause the sort of damage to our brains you might expect to see from someone who's suffered a head injury or is in the early stages of developing dementia.

Byun Gi-won, a doctor from Seoul's Balance Brain Centre in South Korea, said: "Over-use of smartphones and game devices hampers the balanced development of the brain. Heavy users are likely to develop the left side of their brains, leaving the right side untapped or underdeveloped."

Which could lead to irreversible brain development issues, particularly in the growing brains of children allowed unbridled access to smart devices. This right-side brain growth issue is leading to attention span and memory issues and, in a small percentage of cases, can trigger an early onset of dementia. [Telegraph]

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