WHY YOU LOVE SMART­PHONE ALERTS

Healthy Woman - - HEALTHY LIFE -

Sure you use it in traf­fic, at the movies, dur­ing fam­ily din­ners and meet­ings, but you're not ad­dicted. And the Cen­tre of In­ter­net and Tech­nol­ogy Ad­dic­tion agrees with you. Turns out, we're overus­ing the lit­tle gad­gets be­cause of its abil­ity to fire up the reward part of our brains. Not know­ing what the ding of a no­ti­fi­ca­tion, phan­tom or real, could hold in store for us cre­ates a small burst of plea­sure chem­i­cals that leads to an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment. Re­search, how­ever, shows that those alerts we yearn for are weak­en­ing our al­ready de­bil­i­tated at­ten­tion spans.

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