This blog-post from Mad in America is written by James Schroeder, PhD:
“Over the past few years, many of you have heard me and other professionals describe how smartphone use, and the technologically immersive culture in general, are associated with a multitude of negative outcomes. Whether it be sleep woes, increased anxiety, cyberbullying, rampant pornography exposure, or declining social skills, it is clear that the outcomes don’t look anything like the sexy, sophisticated commercials that tech companies like to use.
Yet although many of us have focused our attention on concerns about youth development, a recent article in the Wall Street Journal [WSJ] reminds us that threats cut across all ages, but begin with our minds. Ever since the first iPhone was released in 2007, researchers have been looking at how smartphones are affecting our intellect, which roughly stated involves our ability to pay attention, retain/recall information, and problem-solve/reason. Although advertisements profess that these remarkable technological innovations will only make us smarter and more efficient, the evidence indicates quite the opposite. In the words of the WSJ author, “research suggests that as we grow more dependent on them, our intellect weakens. …”