Mobile Phones Make You Indecisive, But Improve Your Memory?
from the no-wonder-you're-a-worse-driver dept
There have been plenty of studies talking about how using a mobile phone while driving makes you much worse behind the wheel… and there are plenty of theories as to why this happens. Most people assume it’s because you’re not giving all of your attention to the road. However, a new study suggests one other possible explanation: exposure to mobile phone radiation could make you indecisive. Apparently, people exposed to approximately 30 minutes worth of radiation from a mobile phone may be slightly more indecisive — and, in theory, that could contribute to the worse driving behavior. Of course, the study also found that the same amount of exposure improves your working memory — so perhaps the next time you’re trying to study for an exam, you should put your mobile phone up to your ear. Obviously, this is one small study, so it’s probably not worth reading anything into the results (even the folks who conducted the study caution reading too much into the results). However, it’s still an interesting finding — and it’s likely that we’ll be seeing a lot of additional research in this area. It does remind me, however, of a study from a few years ago, that being exposed to cellular wireless radiation makes you feel sick, but smarter. Specifically, that study said it improved memory — which seems to fit with this study’s findings. Of course, that study also said it improved response times… which seems to go against this study’s findings. So, perhaps I’ve just been talking on a mobile phone too much this evening (and maybe that helped me remember that previous study from 2003), but I’m going to stay undecided on just how much of an impact mobile phone radiation really has.