How Smartphones are Weakening Our Minds

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Can you guess how many times you pull your phone out each day? The number may take you by surprise. The average person checks their phone at least 80 times per day. That means you’ll be consulting your glossy little rectangle nearly 30,000 times over the coming year. In addition to how often you peek at your phone, this survey shows that more than half of users said that they couldn’t imagine life without their phone.

According to The New York Times smartphone addiction can have serious effects on our brain. From reducing our attention span to spiking our blood pressure and even diminishing our intelligence, the little rectangle in your pocket might be doing you more harm than good.