Research from Microsoft Corp. Showed That
Now We Have A Shorter Attention Span Than A Goldfish.
Goldfish are known for a short attention span of nine seconds. Shockingly, now we humans are competing with goldfish for who have a shorter attention span according to a new study from Microsoft Corp.
People now generally lose concentration after eight seconds. This research is concluded after surveyed 2,000 Canadians and studied the brain activity of 112 others using electroencephalograms (EEGs). This phenomenon is due to the effects of an increasingly digitalized lifestyle on the brain.
The human brain has been conditioned to the circadian rhythm for tens of thousands of years. Suddenly, now we expose our brain to the blue lights of smart devices day and night. Researchers have shown that long-term accumulation of blue exposure may trigger higher risk of macular degeneration, hormone imbalances, sleep disorder. Also, it may affect heart rate, alertness, body temperature and even the gene expression in certain other experiments.
As human brains adapt the multi-screeners and surfing through numerous pages of information through tab (click) and swipes. To handle the enormous amount of information from multi-screens, the brain lost the ability to maintain the concentration.
Now, the question is, what's the best way to use smart devices without causing too many negative effects?
Three Things You Can Do to Protect Your Precious Attention And Brain Health Right Now
1. Do not use smart devices one hour before the bedtime.
The blue light of the smart devices mimics the daylight and confused your pineal and pituitary glands. Give your brain time to know that it is night time and be ready to shut down the overloaded sympathetic nervous system to unwind. Dr.Rau from Paracelsus Klinik in Switzerland researched over 20,000 cancer patients. His empirical research showed that almost 100% of cancer patients the clinic treated were high on sympathetic nervous system activity with very low parasympathetic nervous system activity. This parasympathetic nervous system controls your sexuality, digestion, sleep, positive moods and the ability to relax and recuperate.
2. Do not check smartphone first hour of waking up.
On waking up, your brain is hyper suggestive to the stimuli. The brain is generally high on Alpha and Theta brainwaves soon after waking up. These brainwaves may make your brain more vulnerable and any information you watch or listen penetrates deeper into your subconscious mind. Often, what do you read when you open and check the smartphone early morning? Other people's information. what you read at this early time of the day signals your brain to remember as important. Researchers suggest using this precious time to plan your focus for the day. You may be surprised how much more productive you feel at the end of the day!
3. Once a week fasting is a terrific way to prevent smart device addition.
Put your phone where you can't easily reach. You don't need to turn it off. If you feel anxious about not having the phone within your reach, you may consider if you are one of 'nomophobia' (no-mobile-phobia). Over 83% of people showed anxiety or even panic when they can't reach their phone more than a few hours. Half of Canadians say that the smartphone on hand 24/7. When you train yourself once a week smartphone fasting, you will be surprised to see how much more you can enjoy the day with yourself or family.