Smartphones rule. People walk and connect, eat and phone, and often even update their Facebook pages while talking with their friends. They are never disconnected.
Smartphones are pushing the limits of what is currently possible to the point where some people are worrying for the health of our brains. We are overloaded with information, connected 24/24 via new technologies, meaning that our brains are permanently multi-tasking.
Jean Philippe Lachaux, a neuroscience specialist, explains: “Our brains are presented with an enormous amount of information which all seems important. This poses problems of choice. The part of our brain which selects the most pertinent information is connected to our attention, so our attention is always a bit overloaded.”
And Smartphones are only the beginning. For example, a prototype mirror can act as a touch-sensitive tablet in the bathroom.
Scientists say it is important to remain in control of technology rather than being its slave because the impact of too much technology can result in loss of concentration. Permanent zapping can even lead to information addiction in all its forms: computers, television, mobile phones, all kinds of media.
This accelerated lifestyle has to be switched off sometimes, so that we learn to appreciate peace and quiet. Our brains need it. To avoid becoming techno-zombies we all need to reach for the off-switch from time to time.