The consequences of new technologies on the human brain

According to a study conducted by Microsoft, the emergence of new technologies that have gradually invaded our daily lives are not without consequences.

In our ultra-connected society, people are continually being challenged by new technologies. With the flick of a finger on your smartphone, you can now follow the news, check your emails, and even take a look at your boyfriend’s Facebook.

Hyper-connectivity which, in addition, is known for developing mental diseases such as the fear of missing out or nomophobia, has had the effect of reducing the average human concentration capacity by 4 seconds. At an average of 12 seconds, it dropped in 15 years to 8 seconds. For comparison, the concentration capacity of a goldfish is 9 seconds. Scary results to say the least!

On a small positive note, man has nevertheless increased his ability to do several things at the same time thanks to new technologies.

This data is due to the constant use of electronic devices, their speed of execution and the ever-increasing optimization of information. 77% of young people between 18 and 24 years old go to their smartphone as soon as they get bored and 52% consult it every 30 minutes or more. An addiction that leads to an inability to live in the present moment and the constant feeling of being overbooked.

However, some people take this trend in reverse by making a digital detox (cutting themselves off from new technologies for a few days or more). A telephone dedicated solely to calls is also in the pipeline, the “Light Phone.”

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