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Digital distractions make us less happy and less rational, say neuroscientists

by AprilSix Proof

The proliferation of digital devices may be harming people’s ability to make rational decisions and is contributing to unhappiness, according to new research from the University of Sussex.

As reported in the Telegraph, neuroscientists found that digital multi-tasking, such as reading a text while watching a film on an iPad, can reduce grey matter in the Anterior Cingulate Cortex (ACC) a part of the brain responsible for logical decision-making and controlling emotions.

The study indicates that the growing propensity among young people to simultaneously use multiple devices could be permanently altering their brains, by reducing brain tissue and harming those cognitive functions linked to emotional control.

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Story from the Telegraph here