Essentially that part of the brain lights up on an active MRI. It then fades in activity after a period of not using your touchscreen device. This would suggest that repetitive smartphone use effectively alters your sensory processing, meaning your brain is perceives your fingers in a different way. Which in itself doesn’t say much, we still don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing. But it’s certainly interesting. Previously it was thought that basically only playing certain musical instruments frequently could affect your brain in this manner.
Johny (John-Erik) Krahbichler is the CEO and main author of Gadgetzz, since 2009. While Mr. Krahbichler's expertise is in consumer electronics, his true passion is science´, and educating the world about the universe we inhabit. Check out the non-profit Scientific Literacy Matters Currently Johny is using his experience from covering trade shows such as the CES, to work with trade show exhibition marketing.