Home > Newsletters > Daily: Love or hate Earth Hour? > Daily Dose: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxic > 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: This is why your vanilla or cinnamon flavoured e-cigarette is toxicHealth-in-Motion advertisement Other news Lifestyle 4 reasons why your period is so damn heavy right now Mental health Working with animals can affect your mental health Medical Study shows stimulant treatment can prevent serious outcomes of ADHD Diet and nutrition These are 19 of the best muscle building foods right now Medical How global measles cases triple year-on-year Fitness Can you really target fat loss to a specific area or is that total B.S.? Live healthier Heart health » 5 women share exactly what it feels like to have a heart attack 'I felt like I had a pill stuck in my throat.' Diet & Nutrition » 8 benefits of gherkin juice that will make you want to drink some ASAP Goodbye, salt craving.