South Korea is rapidly developing "digital dementia"
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South Korea is rapidly developing "digital dementia"

Seoul : South Korea | Jun 28, 2013 at 12:36 AM PDT
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South Korean doctors are sounding the alarm: the country is experiencing an epidemic of the era of the digital age. Symptoms of a "digital dementia" - a sharp deterioration of memory and cognitive abilities, as well as a heavy reliance on all sorts of gadgets. One in ten countries already can not live without your smartphone. Experts compare the problem with alcoholism - a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent.

Signs of technological dependence can also be mood swings, unhealthy interest in all things related to digital media technologies, the inability to keep track of time spent on the Internet, the rejection of social activity, the deterioration of productivity and quality of labor. And the ability to learn usually fall sharply in people who have experienced traumatic brain injury or mental illness.

According to statistics, South Korea - World Champion by number of smartphone owners per capita. At risk of "digital dementia" includes young people who used to rely solely on the memory of their tablet or phone, but not on his own brain.

According to local media reports, the treatment of such a gadget-dependent patients doctors in Seoul using the technologies used in the treatment of drunken alcoholics - including by means of virtual reality. To prevent extreme "digital dementia" in the country offer courses in the fight against addiction to smartphones.

Experts say that when a person relies on mobile gadgets, the right hemisphere of the brain is practically not working, but in fact it regulates the concentration and memory. Such a delay of 15% of the triggers early development of dementia. Thus children and adolescents, whose brains are still developing, more adults are at risk.

rsa76 is based in Karāchi, Sind, Pakistan, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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