Brain Tip of the Week: Ditch Your Smartphone

Smartphones have made our lives incredibly easy. Don’t know what you want to eat? Just look it up, make a reservation and find a friend to go with you – all without ever moving your hand from that tiny little screen. Unfortunately, smartphones are also ruining our brains.

The brain might not be a muscle per sé, but it still follows the maxim ‘use it or lose it.’ And if you have a smartphone, you don’t use your brain nearly as often as you could. You don’t have to remember anything anymore because all the information is in the palm of your hand – and this reduces your brainpower. In fact, one study found that relying on GPS to go to familiar locations reduced  hippocampus function.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to ditch your smartphone.

This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the phone completely. Just use it a little bit less! Here are 5 techniques to try.

  1. Headed out to eat? Calculate the tip in your head. To tip 20%, move the decimal point on the before-tax price to the left and multiply by 2.
  2. If your friend invites you to her apartment and you’ve been there before, see if you can get there without checking Google Maps. (Yes, even to check transportation times.
  3. When you can’t remember something during a conversation, resist the urge to look it up. Mull on it for at least 10 minutes before resorting to your phone.
  4. Are you bored in line? Social interaction is essential for keeping your brain sharp – so see if you can strike up a conversation with someone! You can also use this tactic if you get lost during Step 2. Ask other people for the information you need. (It’s OK if they use their smartphones.)
  5. Who do you text or call most often? Your parents? Your significant other? Your best friend? Chances are, you don’t know any of their numbers. Spend this week memorizing the most important numbers and actually putting them in instead of relying on your smartphone memory. This knowledge might come in handy one day.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

Smartphones have made our lives incredibly easy. Don’t know what you want to eat? Just look it up, make a reservation and find a friend to go with you – all without ever moving your hand from that tiny little screen. Unfortunately, smartphones are also ruining our brains.

The brain might not be a muscle per sé, but it still follows the maxim ‘use it or lose it.’ And if you have a smartphone, you don’t use your brain nearly as often as you could. You don’t have to remember anything anymore because all the information is in the palm of your hand – and this reduces your brainpower. In fact, one study found that relying on GPS to go to familiar locations reduced  hippocampus function.

That’s why my Brain Tip of the Week is to ditch your smartphone.

This doesn’t mean you have to get rid of the phone completely. Just use it a little bit less! Here are 5 techniques to try.

  1. Headed out to eat? Calculate the tip in your head. To tip 20%, move the decimal point on the before-tax price to the left and multiply by 2.
  2. If your friend invites you to her apartment and you’ve been there before, see if you can get there without checking Google Maps. (Yes, even to check transportation times.
  3. When you can’t remember something during a conversation, resist the urge to look it up. Mull on it for at least 10 minutes before resorting to your phone.
  4. Are you bored in line? Social interaction is essential for keeping your brain sharp – so see if you can strike up a conversation with someone! You can also use this tactic if you get lost during Step 2. Ask other people for the information you need. (It’s OK if they use their smartphones.)
  5. Who do you text or call most often? Your parents? Your significant other? Your best friend? Chances are, you don’t know any of their numbers. Spend this week memorizing the most important numbers and actually putting them in instead of relying on your smartphone memory. This knowledge might come in handy one day.

Want to boost your brain even more? Get more brainpower and memory tips HERE!

Written by Jim Kwik

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