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A study completed at the University of British Columbia has concluded that the constant beeping and buzzing of cell phones have been linked to increase ADHD-like symptoms. Cell phones are usually reached for about 100 times a day, and 2 hours a day is spent on cell phones. The 221 participants in the study kept their phones in close range with lots of notifications coming in all hours of the day for one week. The next week, the participants limited notifications and set their phones aside more. They experienced symptoms such as hyperactivity, inattention, and other ADHD-like symptoms during the first week.

Lead author and psychologist Dr Kostadin Kushlev said, “Our findings suggest neither that smartphones can cause ADHD nor that reducing smartphone notifications can treat ADHD…The findings simply suggest that our constant digital stimulation may be contributing to an increasingly problematic deficit of attention in modern society.” These effects can be greatly reduced by simply putting smartphones aside more and keeping notifications to a minimum. click for more