Essay on Smart Phones : A Negative Effect On Brain Function

1181 Words May 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Smart phones, practically hand-held computers, hinder society through many of its features. For instance, smart phone use while driving impacts not only society, but also the individual person using it, negatively in a number of ways. Firstly, the use of GPS causes a person’s brain to not function properly. McGill University conducted a study that shows that dependence on GPS has a negative effect on brain function, especially the hippocampus. The hippocampus is in charge of memory and navigation (Edwards). To clarify, when you rely too much on your GPS, your brain’s ability to work begins to diminish, especially within certain parts of it. In addition, Smart phones have been proven to be a major factor in distracted driving. A test was conducted to see how using smart phones while driving impacted the response rate to stimuli around a person. While using smart phones, it was discovered that it took 1.2-1.6 seconds longer for a person to respond to the stimuli on the road around them (Basacik, Reed, Robbins). This demonstrates that many more crashes could potentially happen due to smart phone use than if smart phones were not used while on the road. GPS and distracted driving are just a few of the negative effects and results of smart phones.
Another commonly known feature of smart phones is texting. Although convenient, texting hurts the well-being of a person and their relationships with others. For instance, because one can send a message in a matter of seconds,…

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