I’m never text messaging after reading this
New research indicates that sending text–messages with your phone is not only dangerous, but also possibly damaging to your brain. According to the Sydney Morning Herald and the BBC, researchers in the UK have discovered that a particular region of the brain, ratio communis, flickers and goes dark when patients use gadgets like GPS and cell phones.
The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) has gone as far as issuing a warning not to text or use a cell phone when doing any sort of activity. Don’t text and drive, bike, skate, walk, or sleep. In fact, it seems that the ACEP would like us to ditch out texting plans altogether.
We’ll be honest, we’re a little skeptical here. While we’ll buy the BBC’s assertion that texting and driving is worse than drinking and driving (after all it isn’t the first time we’ve heard as much), we can’t really believe that text messaging literally shuts down a portion of your brain (especially not a portion of your brain Wikipedia has never even heard of). We haven’t seen the research or the brain scans, but nothing we can think of would logically explain such an occurrence.
We still don’t recommend texting while doing anything that might require any attention (including driving), but we’re taking this flickering brain activity thing with a grain of salt. [From: Sydney Morning Herald and BBC, Via: Textually]