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Media multi-taskers could have smaller brains

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Texting while watching TV or surfing the web while on the phone could actually be shrinking your brain.

British researchers at the University of Sussex scanned the brains of 75 healthy men and women who frequently divided their attention between different types of technology.

Those who did the most 'media multi-tasking' had less gray matter in the part of the brain involved in processing emotion.

Researcher Kep Kee Loh said: ‘Media multi-tasking is becoming more prevalent in our lives today and there is increasing concern about its impacts on our cognition and social-emotional well-being.'

These findings add to previous studies linking multiple media use to attention problems, depression and lower grades in school.

Experts say more research is needed to prove that multi-tasking shrinks the brain.

That's because people with less gray matter could be more prone to using lots of gadgets.
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