Report: Americans can not live without their phones

Researchers have found an imbalance in brain cell phone and internet hungry, according to a study presented today at the Annual Meeting of the Radiation Society of North America (RSNA).

According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 percent of Americans say they could not live without their phones. While this feeling is clearly hyperbole, more and more people are becoming more dependent on smartphones and other portable electronic devices for news, information, games, and even casual calls.

Along with a growing concern that young people, in particular, may spend a lot of time sparking on their phones instead of interacting with others, come up with questions about the immediate effects on the brain and the possible long-term consequences of such.

Hyung Suk Seo, MD, Neuroradiology Professor at Korea’s University of Seoul, South Korea, and colleagues used the Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy (MRS) to gain unique insights into the brains of smartphone and internet-based teenagers. MRS is a type of MRI that measures the chemical composition of the brain.