Back in 2011, cell phone radiation has been classified as “possible carcinogen” by World Health Organization. We already discussed this topic numerous times in our previous blog posts and have tried to educate our readers on why EMF radiation from cell phones is dangerous and how to prevent it from affecting our health. Majority of studies we quoted, linked or researched are showing clear evidence that the more you are using your phone for talking, messaging or WiFi and the closer you hold it to your body – the more likely you are to develop serious illnesses, in worst cases even cancer.
Unfortunately, it seems that cell or mobile phone radiation is not the only danger that comes from using too much technology. As we are slowly but thoroughly gathering scientific evidence about health consequences from long-term exposure to EMF pollution, we discover there are all kinds of negative side effects from using too much technology – both physical and psychological.
Neuroscientists warn: addiction to technology is killing our brains
Cell phone radiation, WiFi, microwaves from smart meters, radio waves from cell phone towers or any EMFs from any electrically powered device will create more serious health problems if we are more frequently exposed to them. However, if you spend too much time on your phone it will not only give you dangerous levels of cell phone radiation, but it will change the way you think and act too!
Neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin in his book "The Organized Mind" is warning that this is taking serious toll in our lives, because our brains are not wired for multitasking.
There is a high cognitive cost of too much multitasking. Our brains are getting burnt and exhausted with too much texting, information, filtering real information from pseudo facts; we are shopping online for best prices while answering business e-mail and checking social media for latest updates. Rapid switching from one task to another produces stress hormones – adrenalin and cortisol; they overstimulate our brain, creating foggy mind and scrambled thinking.
Our prefrontal cortex (part of brain crucial for staying focused on one task) is ironically easily distracted, whether with a phone call, message or cute kitty video; each time this happens, the brain gets surge of dopamine which makes it even more addicted to distraction and less able to concentrate solely on one thing. These hormones are rewiring our brains and changing our cognitive performance.
Addiction to technology also has metabolic cost; quick shifts of attention are literally frying your brain, burning up oxygenated glucose way faster than this fuel would normally last. As a result, it leaves your brain depleted from nutrients, exhausted and disoriented after only short time.
Too much time spent on your mobile is making you dumber
Adrenalin, cortisol and dopamine spikes affects our mental performance; i.e. instead of being productive and able to concentrate finishing one task, you jump from one insignificant thing to another because your brain is unable to focus.
Glenn Wilson, psychologist from Gresham College, London, made a study researching performance of distracted brain, which showed that while you’re trying to concentrate on one thing - your IQ will go 10 points lower just from a mere thought you could be multitasking right now.
Another neuroscientist from Stanford University – Russ Poldrack, found that distracted brain has low capacity to learn and remember new information. If you’re distracted by your phone, Ipad or TV while learning, your brain redirects information to striatum instead to hippocampus, where they would originally be categorized for later easier access and use.
Healthy balance is a key to healthy living
Whether it is our diet, exercise, work or exposure to cell phone radiation and addiction to technology, there is one golden rule that applies to everything – good balance is a key for healthy and prosperous life.
Stay aware of how you use your favorite gadgets. Be sure you get the best of it, but be smart to avoid the worst of it