Is Your iPhone Killing Your Creativity?

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Sure, smart phones and mobile devices help pass the time whenever you have a tedious task to do: standing in line; waiting for the train; working out at the gym. But is the constant barrage of information overloading your brain?

The New York Times reports that researchers have concluded that the constant distraction today’s electronic devices provide, could be fatiguing your brain. According to the Times:

The technology makes the tiniest windows of time entertaining, and potentially productive. But scientists point to an unanticipated side effect: when people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas.

Apparently, your brain functions better if it has time to rest and absorb information, without further distractions. So the devices that are often used to increase productivity, could actually be depleting your productivity, not to mention creativity and memory.

So should we be worried? Maybe not quite yet. Though it probably wouldn’t hurt to put down the iPhone once in awhile and just chill out. Your brain will probably thank you.  (via the New York Times)