Your Phone Is Not Your Friend. Neither Is Your Brain.

Bob Goldman on

Despite what everyone thinks, you were born with a wonderful brain. Chock-full of neurons, dendrites, axons, lobes -- all sorts of cool stuff.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke -- NINDS to its friends -- your brain is your hardest-working organ. In fact, you could think of your brain as the James Brown of your body.

Just don't tell your spleen. You know how sensitive it is.

The one problem with your brain is that it is easily distracted by bright, shiny objects like your phone. Or so I learned in "You Can Trick Your Brain into Using Your Phone Less," a recent article by Whitson Gordon on

According to psychologist Larry Rosen, "the young adult unlocks their phone more than 70 times a day, checking it for 3 or 4 minutes before locking it, and then repeating the same process about 10 minutes later."

The same dynamic, one assumes, happens with the middle-aged adult and -- my personal age group -- the getting-pretty-ancient adult, but less frequently because, most times, we can't find our phones.


The problems with telephonic obsessive behavior include "symptoms ranging from anxiety to stress to sleep disruption -- not to mention hazardous walking."

"Not to mention," indeed. You realized that looking at your phone while walking can be dangerous the third time you were hit by an inter-city bus.

Given the dire consequences, you'd think more people would hang up on their phones. The fact is we're hooked. We simply can't abide missing an important KimPe sighting or a really cute cat video.

A cat that plays the cello? Who'd have thunk it?


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