Reading a smartphone makes you dumb. Unless you follow these tips.
Don’t read on an iPhone if you want to remember it.
On the Hubermanlab podcast, a Stanford professor reviewed a high-quality study. Concluding that a narrower gaze on a small screen:
• affected breathing,
• lowered brain activity
• and made comprehension poor
looking at a phone screen also
• Increases stress
• Changes sleeping patterns
• causes neck pain with headaches
• destroys focus, mimicking attention deficit disorder
I use my phone every morning to read Twitter essays.
It wrecks my day
I read fantastic essays from the ship 30 for 30 cohort I’m a part of. Then continue to read when making a coffee, I even sneak a like or comment in when dressing the kids. I can’t remember half of what I read. I get anxious and feel unfocused unless I use a few tricks.
I want you to know these tricks too.
1. Learn how to sigh.
We breathe in twice and exhale about every 5 minutes.
You may think that you don’t… But you do! Unless you have a narrow gaze, the type of gaze from using a small screen. The first tip is every five minutes inhale twice and exhale once, look up and broaden your vision for a few seconds.
Congratulations, you’re now smarter.
2. Use a big screen and look up
Computer users are focussed because of the size of their screen.
It’s as simple as having a broader gaze. Computer users also harness the added benefit of looking up, which reduces:
• a lack of attention and stress
• shoulder, neck pain and headaches
• Fatigue because their eyes aren’t looking down (that’s another post)
The world needs intelligent people that are making a positive difference. Consider the way you’re using your phone so you can be one of them.
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