WHY YOU LOVE SMARTPHONE ALERTS
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.