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Brain Chemistry and Smartphone Addiction

According to a study of college students, chemicals in the brain associated with anxiety may be contributing to the increasing amount of time individuals spend on social media. Researchers looked at how often college students check their smartphones, and found that feelings of anxiety emerge from chemicals that are released the longer they go without checking in on social media. Notifications popping up on the screen when messages arrive, and even the small numbers next to an app on the screen, also drive anxiety.

Is Your Phone Slowing Down Your Brain?

Just by having your smartphone next to you without even using it could slow down your brain, a recent study suggests. Researchers at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin conducted a study on nearly 800 people, looking at how they performed tasks when their devices were within hands reach. The scientists found that the mere presence of your smartphone, even if it is off, can reduce brainpower. The study could give some insight on why we cannot concentrate at work or school while our smartphones are laying in front of us at our desks, and may urge parents to make sure their children and teens put their phones out of sight when they are working on homework or other projects.

Smartphone and Kids – When Do You Give Them One?

The average age kids get their first smartphone today is approximately 10 years old. In 2012, the average age was 12, leading some people to believe that age will continue to get younger. Although many parents feel their young children are ready for the responsibility of a smartphone, experts say to keep in mind a smartphone gives them access to everything, often outside of parental supervision. For a broader discussion of the issue, see What’s the Right Age for a Child to Get a Smartphone? on The New York Times site.

Going to Summer Camp Sans Cell Phone

A recent study showed that sixth graders who spent just five days away at a tech-free sleepaway camp

Become Aware of Accessibility Settings Already on your Smartphone

There are features already baked right into your smartphone that can be very helpful whether you or someone you know has poor vision, motor disabilities or hearing loss.

Time to Rename the Smartphone?

Is the term smartphone outdated and clunky? With WiFi calling, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Skype, and other alternative conversational technologies available, what does it even mean to have a "phone call" these days?...