Shortened Attention Span – Here's how technology affects our life – IndiaTimes

According to studies, the average millennial picks up the smartphone 150 times a day. This over-dependence on tech is known as technology addiction.

ET checks this perpetual influx of new technologies in our lives. Let’s have a look

In 2008, a study conducted at Scotland’s Dundee University found that adults over the age of 55 who grew up in a household with a black-and-white TV set were more likely to dream in black and white.

Younger participants, who grew up in the age of Technicolor, nearly always experienced their dreams in colour. The American Psychological Association seconded these findings in 2011.

Over-usage of technology damages the brain systems connecting emotional processing, attention and decision-making.

A new study links anxiety, severe depression, suicide attempts and suicide with the rise in use of smartphones, tablets and other devices.

FOMO (fear of missing out) is defined by The New York Times as “the blend of anxiety, inadequacy and irritation that can flare up while skimming social media”.

Social media is bombarded with pictures and posts of scrumptious dinners, raging parties and enviable travel check-ins.

These activities might not be one’s idea of fun, but when one recognises that pang, “Should I be doing something else right now?”, that’s FOMO.
This is the perception that one’s mobile is vibrating or ringing when it is not. It is characterised as a tactile hallucination since the brain perceives a sensation that is not present.

Psychologists suggested that physical sensations, such as an itch, may be misinterpreted by the brain as a vibrating phone.

Majority of cell phone users report experiencing phantom vibrations, with reported rates ranging from 27.4% to 89%.
The constant use of technology has shortened our attention span from 12 minutes to 5 minutes. Constant news feeds and videos that are 10 minutes or less has rewired our brains.

People who are online an average of 5 hours a day have trouble remembering people’s names.
The constant stimulation from electronics makes our brain accustom to “popping”, fast-paced stream of information that we find on the internet.

This is why we are becoming increasingly less adept to handle the slower pace of real life. This condition is known as “popcorn brain”.

Technology has altered human physiology. It affects memory, attention spans and sleep cycles. This is attributed to a scientific phenomenon known as neuroplasticity, or the brain’s ability to alter its behaviour based on new experiences.

Tech addiction may be a risk factor for alcohol and other drug abuse. People who overuse technology develop similar brain chemistry and neural patterning to those who are addicted to substances.

Brain scans of people with tech addiction disorder are similar to those of people with substance addictions to alcohol, cocaine and cannabis.
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