Do you know there are certain things that we do in our daily routines, thinking they are going to make us smarter or we’ll benefit from them or something, but they tend to do nothing and instead make us dumber! This has certainly been proven by neuro-science research. Below is a list of our habitual, usually daily things that we do in routine and which contribute to making our brain slower, dumber and perhaps contributing to lowering our IQs as it is.
What is Making Our Brain Slower?
1. Company meetings
You need to think again if you have a notion that attending countless company meetings is going to make your smarter, even work wise. According to Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, group dynamics change people’s IQs and contribute to making our brain slower. If you jokingly said you were feeling brain dead at a company meeting, you probably were going brain dead right there at that very moment.
So much for the enlightment. According to a research conducted by Columbia University, excessive use of internet lowers memory capacity in people. Rather than recalling information themselves and using their brains for it, people tend to run to the internet. Internet today acts as extended memories for people, but with nothing personal in store.
3. Being obese
According to a research conducted by Carnegie Mellon University, people who are obese need to work their brains harder to achieve results of a task which people with average weight can do without much hard work. Parts of the brain responsible for decision making and memory are hyperactive in obese people, while they work normally in people with average weight. Therefore, obesity is another factor contributing to making our brain slower than usual.
4. Not enough sleep
According to a new study by NIH, not enough sleep contributes highly to making our brain slower. Well, this is common sense too. If you don’t get enough sleep, you are bound to be agitated, frustrated and irritated at every instance. Remember the Russian Sleep Experiment? Go find it over the internet and you’ll know for certain how necessary sleep is for brain improvement and also for staying human.
According to a study in Media Psychology journal, excessive usage and just staring at your Facebook profile for extended periods of time in a day contributes to making a person dumber and his brain slower. It also contributes to lowering a person’s motivational level and hinders his wish to perform well. The study also showed another result: staring at your Facebook profile for a brief time period enhances a person’s self esteem. Now, that’s weird!
Although these activities seem harmless when we carry them out in our daily routine, we should know know how disastrous they might be in the long run and how they are contributing to making our brain slower and dumber. This has certainly become the age of information overload because we choose to gather irrelevant and unnecessary information rather than what’s needed for a sharper, smarter mind.