Texting for communication has been on the rise since its inception. Many people seem unable to resist texting at any and all hours of the day, including while driving despite the obvious risks. A recent study by the Mayo Clinic about why it is so dangerous has finally given us an idea. A one year study of 129 patients was done using EEGs, called electroencephalograms, and video. The study found that 1 in 5 had altered brainwaves while texting, and those altered brain waves were a result of extra effort and concentration in the brain. They discovered that while it affected everyone’s concentration, those 1 in 5 were especially effected.
This study was not limited to just texting however, as the tests encompassed all PEDs (personal electronic devices) effected the same area of the brain. The brainwave rhythm cannot be replicated through other means of distraction, such as talking or movement of the body. One hypothesis they made was that the impulses from the prefrontal cortex to check phones was because of the reward system the human brain uses. When something of interest is checked and catches our attention, the brain rewards with dopamine spikes, which may condition a person to check their phone regularly.
The Mayo Clinic found no correlation between the findings and demographics such as age or gender.
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