Think Twice Before Picking Up Your Phone

Your smartphone can do almost anything, it’s tough not to turn to it immediately when you have a question. But remember all those facts you learned in school? Remembering them is something your brain is supposed to do (not Google)! You need to work out your brain as often as you wear down your phone battery. If you can figure it out without a calculator app, strain your brain to do the math!

, researchers tested 660 people, measuring their cognitive style and smartphone habits. They found that people who generally go with their guts when making decisions are more prone to rely on their phones’ search engines than their own brain power. Logical thinkers who naturally leaned toward more analytical thinking, however, used their phones to search for answers less often than intuitive thinkers.

They may look up information that they actually know or could easily learn, but are unwilling to make the effort to actually think about it,” study co-lead author Gordon Pennycook, a PhD candidate in the Department of Psychology at Waterloo,

that phones may be hurting our health and happiness in more ways than one. Phones could destroy our posture, damage our hearing, cut into our sleep, and may even carry more germs than a toilet seat.

The obvious solution is to unplug, but in a technology-dominated world, that can be a challenge. “Our reliance on smartphones and other devices will likely only continue to rise,” Nathaniel Barr, the other lead author of the paper, said in

. “It’s important to understand how smartphones affect and relate to human psychology before these technologies are so fully ingrained that it’s hard to recall what life was like without them. We may already be at that point.”


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