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The Doctors discuss the findings of a new study which says frequent pop-up notifications on our smartphones could permanently alter our brains! Every distracting beep could be lowering productivity by as much as 40%.
The Doctors acknowledge the benefits of smartphones, however, reminisce about the days before they existed. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork equates responding to smartphone notifications with urgent reactions to how they would respond to their beepers when they were in residency. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon says he misses the days of no cellphones and tells people who expect an instant response back after texting to "chill!"
OB/GYN Dr. Nita Landry says Americans check their phones every 12 minutes! Dr. Travis suggests taking stock of how often you check your phone. If possible, take hour-long breaks and when going to bed, put the phone in the other room (unless you are awaiting a medical emergency or an important response from someone). You can even tell your friends in advance that you are taking a holiday from checking your phone, or will be checking it less, and let them know it's nothing personal!