Stop gazing at your phone – it’s probably scrambling your brain

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Stop gazing at your phone – it’s probably scrambling your brain

Studies show our screen habits are messing with our attention spans and memory, but all is not lost

Helen Chandler-Wilde

If you are planning on watching the final episode of your favourite TV serial, you would do well to put your phone out of sight or you could find yourself losing the plot – quite literally.

Last week a survey of 12,500 people showed that 68% have lost track of a TV programme after checking their phone while watching it.

It’s not just our ability to enjoy our favourite shows that’s being affected by our screen habits. A growing body of evidence suggests smartphone and tablet addiction is wrecking attention spans, navigational skills and long-term memories. The chances are, you just struggled to get to the end of that sentence...

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