March 10, 2013 by

Will Smartphones make us numb?

When you get on the subway, will you take out your smartphone to check Facebook and emails chronically? It’s said that smartphones will numb our senses. No matter whether you believe it or not, it’s true to some extent.

Nowadays many smartphones like iPhone, Android phone and Samsung Galaxy is here and there, and it’s reported that obsessively checking the phone makes our brain disorder.

Cary L. Cooper, Distinguished Professor of Organizational Psychology and Health at Lancaster University, warned users to limit their phone time as it can “numb the senses”. He said that staring at screens constantly takes us away from people and gives us a passive outlet where we don’t have to interact with the world or face our problems.

At present, there’s no certain evidence to prove the smartphones can disturb our brain, but the researcher has claimed that constantly checking the phone or Facebook will make us shallow thinkers and no-emotion zombies.

On the other side, Professor Copper says: “Nobody is saying smartphones are useless, so don’t throw it in the bin.” There’s definitely nothing inherently wrong with smartphones, it’s how or what you use them for that counts.

Besides smartphones, more and more product of intelligence has been applied in our life, including the electronic product at home and in the office. Researchers worry that the intelligence technology will affect our independent decision-making ability. Because in the intelligent kitchen the robot would tell you it’s wrong to cook arugula and carrot together, which it’s believed to strangle our creativity in cooking.

Evgeny Morozov, the famous social scientist and the author of To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutions, believes what makes us worried most is that the original intention to develop intelligence technology is to improve our life, but it maybe eventually control our life.

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