Cell phone users, I have a few questions to ask to you!
- Have you ever said that you left your cell phone and have felt lost?
- Do you eat out and text or look at your phone while someone is talking to you?
- Is your teenager attached to the cell phone as though it were an other appendage?
Many of us find that the cell phone is a great tool for us for work and personal use. However, going on vacation or asking a teen to leave his/her phone for even a few minutes can be unbearable to us, because we feel as though we are or have lost communication to that someone or feel as though we are going to miss something very important. A new cognitive condition that is affecting teenagers and 20 year olds: Digital Dementia.
I ran across an article online that caught my attention, “Digital dementia: The memory problem plaguing teens and young adults”. I had to open the article immediately, because I have a teen who likes to use the phone for connecting with friends, parents, mostly music. The study was done in South Korea identifying, “individuals who rely heavily on technology may suffer a deterioration in cognitive abilities such as short-term memory dysfunction.”
What is dementia?
Dementia is the loss of mental functions such as thinking, memory, and reasoning that is severe enough to interfere with a person’s daily functioning.
What is deterioration?
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Fox News. (2013, 08 13). Health. Retrieved from Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/health/2013/08/15/digital-dementia-memory-problem-plaguing-teens-and-young-adults/
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WebMD. (2013, 10 16). Alzheimer’s Disease Guide . Retrieved from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/guide/alzh4
- What is ‘Healthy’ Cognitive Aging? (dana.org)