How technology is ruining your mind
Do you find that you don't remember facts any more because you know you can easily look them up online? Or does using phones and gadgets late at night make it harder for you to sleep?
According to an infographic from London-based support specialist Conosco these are just some of the ways in which technology is harmful to our minds.
Everyday mobile phone use for example can lead to stress, depression and anxiety, and holding the handset close to your ear increases activity in the brain region nearest the antenna. Use of tech by children leads to a shorter attention span and socializing via online media affects the way they form relationships in the real world.
Carrying out tasks online affects learning because information is no longer delivered in a linear way. Information overload is damaging our capacity for reflection and it also discourages deliberation, so that we're likely to make decisions faster, and make mistakes in the process.
Technology can also create dangerous distractions. Satellite navigation for example can make drivers less able to concentrate on what's going on around them.
The full infographic is below. If your attention span is sufficient to let you read to the end, let us know how technology has affected your life. Now, what was I doing...?