When it comes to communication, entertainment and education, people these days rely substantially on their mobile phones. The younger generation is particularly affected. Nevertheless, there are obstacles to using these devices in the lecture hall, as they can have a detrimental impact on cognitive abilities, attention span and academic achievement of young people.

University of Texas research shows that prolonged smartphone use significantly reduces attention span and concentration. Keeping a participant’s phone in a separate room improved their results on a concentration test compared with having a phone within reach (even when turned off). Students whose eyes are glued to their phones have a harder time concentrating on their schoolwork, as shown by this “brain drain” effect. This cognitive impairment makes students more prone to fidgeting with their phones throughout class, which lowers their concentration and performance...

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