How Smartphones Are Draining Our Brain Power | On Point

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October 12, 2017 Smartphones and our brains. New research says the little computer in our hand is changing our minds.It’s hard not to love that smartphone.

Feels good in the hand. That display, so shiny and bright. And inside, a whole world of data and apps, search engines and tweets, Facebook love and all the information in the world. Problem is, researchers are finding that those super-entertaining little fountains of info may be draining our brains. Cutting our concentration. Trimming our memory. Making us less thoughtful. Dumber. This hour, On Point: How the little computer in our hands is changing our minds. —Tom Ashbrook


Nicholas Carr, writes about technology and culture. Author of “Utopia Is Creepy: And Other Provocations.” (@roughtype)

Kristen Duke, Ph.D. candidate in marketing at the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego who has studied the way smartphones and the internet affect our thoughts and judgments

Antonio Regalado, senior editor for biomedicine for the MIT Technology Review. (@antonioregalado)

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