Using smartphone excessively gives you faux-ADHD

A University of Virginia-UBC study links smartphone alerts to symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, reports Quartz.

“The results were clear: more frequent phone interruptions made people less attentive and more hyperactive,” wrote study author Kostadin Kushlev, a psychology research scientist at the University of Virginia, who led the study with UBC colleagues.

The study followed 221 UBC students and found that when they had their phones’ notification alerts on and kept their phones within reach, they were more inattentive and hyperactive than when interruptions were kept to a minimum.