The Dangers of Texting

The scientific literature that comes into a newspaper office is often weird, mostly wonderful and sometimes simply woeful. But on this day, the science was pointing to a worrying development in the way we humans think.The ratio communis, a key region of the brain, was malfunctioning. Instead of fluorescing on brain scans, it flickered, grey and dull. What science was trying to work out was the link between this dead zone and gadgets. When we chat on the mobile phone, text furiously, browse the BlackBerry, or commune with our car’s global positioning system (GPS), the lights go out.So alarmed was the American College of Emergency Physicians it issued a media release, concerned at not just the bruised coming into hospital emergency rooms, but the fatalities when this key decision-making part of the brain failed.

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