Is your smartphone frying your brain? (Nope …but we better prevent constant distractions)

—– Is Your iPhone Really Frying Your Brain? Five Things You Need To Know (Forbes): “…since the announcement of the first iPhone ten years ago this week, concerns about devices turning their users into mindless drones seem to have reached a fever pitch. So is the internet really bad for your brain? Here’s what we know…”The average IQ of the population at large has been increasing every 10 years,” says Alvaro Fernandez, who runs Sharp Brains, an applied neuroscience company. “IQ is not the only thing that matters, but if something was very, very harmful for our brains, we would have already noticed it there.” (but) “We have to be very careful with children,” Alvaro concedes. “[Smart devices] can create an addiction if they are exposed too early. Adults also have to prevent constant distractions.” To learn more: The Ten Habits of Highly Effective Brains 20 Must-Know Facts To Harness Neuroplasticity And Improve Brain Health
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