Sunday, August 11, 2013

Stupid Technology

As it would seem, constant phone use turns one into Forrest Gump, as shown in an article called "Brain, Interrupted" by Bob Sullivan and Hugh Thompson.
It's not just enough to be distracted; the expectation of an incoming call, text, or email was sufficient to dumb down the test participants. The brain cannot focus on many things at once. 
Clifford Nass, a Stanford sociologist who conducted some of the first tests on multitasking, has said that those who can’t resist the lure of doing two things at once are “suckers for irrelevancy.” There is some evidence that we’re not just suckers for that new text message, or addicted to it; it’s actually robbing us of brain power, too. Tweet about this at your own risk.