Texting changes brain waves' rhythm: Study
01 July 2016
A new study reveals that sending text messages could change the rhythm of one's brain waves, Australian Associated Press (AAP) reported.
A team of US researchers at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida analysed data from 129 patients over 16 months, which were monitored with electroencephalograms (EEGs) combined with video footage.
According to professor of neurology, William Tatum, they uncovered a unique 'texting rhythm' in approximately one in five patients.
In addition to tests of cognition and attention the subjects were asked to perform activities such as message texting, talking on the phone.
The newly observed brain rhythm, which was unlike any known, was produced only during text messaging.
"We believe this new rhythm is an objective metric of the brain's ability to process non-verbal information during use of electronic devices and that it is heavily connected to a widely distributed network augmented by attention or emotion," Tatum said, AAP reported.
In addition to iPhones the 'texting rhythm' was also found in iPad users, the study published in the medical journal Epilepsy and Behaviour revealed.
It was believed the new brain rhythm might be due to the smaller screen of the devices, which required more concentration.