In the first study of its kind, an academic from Leicester’s De Montfort University has found that the more times a person uses the internet or their mobile phone, the more likely they are to experience “cognitive failures”. In other words, when high-frequency internet users try to pay attention to what’s going on around them, they often lose the plot.
What worries me is that this happens to young mothers, who are not focussing on to their youngster's needs.
The new research published in the journal Computers in Human Behaviour revealed their findings in a study which asked people a series of questions to determine whether they experienced certain types of blunders. There were defined as factors relating to their ability to focus, physical blunders such as bumping into things, and memory.
The study was conducted among 107 men and 103 women between the ages of 18 and 65, who spent an average of 22.95 hours a week online.
And the evidence: the most frequent mobile phone and internet users are the most likely to be distracted, for example they might miss appointments and daydream while having a conversation. These include a whole range of blunders, and a general lack of awareness of a person’s surroundings or responsibilities.
The lead researcher suggests the problem is mixed. People already suffering from short attention spans are drawn to the distractions of modern technology, which makes it even harder for them to pay attention to their surroundings. Source: Independent.
As a teenager in the 50s, my father's favourite saying was, “Everything in moderation.” While I didn't agree with 'everything', he'd made his point about not doing too much of one thing.
Surely, drivers can give phone use a rest while they concentrate on the road.
I hope the craze will die out, like the yo yo or the hula hoop. But companies are making a fortune by selling more and more complicated technology to eager customers.
In about 1995, I worked in the catering section at one of the first mobile phone companies in the UK called 'one-2-one'. At that time, it looked really silly when people walked alone along the street with one of the large handsets talking to the air. I'm sad to say that 'fad' grew and grew.
What do you think of using technical wonders constantly?