Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: Did you know? Heart disease has no age > Health-in-Motion 11 September 2017 Do smart phones make us dumber? Do smart phones make us dumber? “Yes,” say US researchers who carried out a series of experiments to ascertain people’s ability to complete tasks when their smartphones were turned off, but within easy reach. They discovered that participants who placed their phones on the desk while completing tests on a computer performed significantly worse than others who left their phones in another room. It appears that the mere presence of a smartphone reduces our cognitive capacity, because part of our brain is actively working on not using it. 0 More: Daily Dose: Did you know? Heart disease has no ageHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Lifestyle Here’s why it can be dangerous to work overtime Lifestyle 8 symptoms that can mean you have low testosterone levels Medical Older HIV patients demand a seat on the Aids Council Fitness From drug addict to keen runner Fitness You’re not burning as many calories as you think Medical You're not too young to have a heart attack From our sponsors R2000 Skin Renewal online store voucher up for grabs! Dementia and Incontinence: what you need to know 8 strategies for treating both your bladder problems and your depression Symptoms differ from person to person, identifying what triggers your IBS Live healthier Beware! » 7 steps for surviving the flu 'I nearly died at an Adele concert’ How to tell if your doctor's a quack Your health is precious, so you need to be sure your doctor's the real deal. Bathroom etiquette » Less salt may lead to fewer nighttime bathroom trips SEE: 9 more funny bathroom signs Which office bathroom habits are the most important? Can you maintain your professionalism in your bathroom cubicle?