Study suggests there's a connection between smartphone use and memory loss in teens

Upset at Junior because he failed a test? Maybe the problem isn't your kid's studying habits, or his lack of concentration in the classroom. A new report suggests that his smartphone might be to blame. A report published by Environmental Health Perspectives in Switzerland states that it only takes one-year of smartphone use for a teenager's brain to be affected by the radiation spit out by the device during phone calls.

That is the result of a study conducted on approximately 700 adolescents age 12 to 17. Verbal and figural (image based) memory tests were given to the group roughly one year after they took baseline tests. The results showed that the kids had lower figural memory scores after being subjected to the RF-EMR radiation that is released by their phones during phone calls. Ironically, the researchers found that verbal memory score actually improved with increased exposure to data traffic. Because a right-handed user tends to hold the phone by his/her right ear when on a call, the statistics reveal that righties are more apt to suffer memory loss. That led Martin Roosli, one of the studies authors, to say that the results of the study "may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations."

For adolescents who basically use their phone to play games, browse the web or send texts, the good news is that those activities release minimal amounts of RF-EMF to the brain, and no significant change in memory was discovered in users who focused on those features of a smartphone. To mitigate the dangers involved with the release of RF-EMF from a smartphone, users can wear headphones or employ the speaker feature on the device when on a phone call.

To be clear, the study notes that the results should be "interpreted with caution until confirmed in other populations." Roosli himself states that the results of the study could have been influenced by puberty, "which affects both mobile phone use and the participant's cognitive and behavioral state."



9. jsjammu

Posts: 169; Member since: Nov 13, 2014

Contrary to common belief Human are actually really smart and get smarter with each generation. It's based on a thing called science. Try it sometime and it's very cool and informative.

8. Kriksis

Posts: 94; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

It i not memory loss, it is just plain and simple ignorance... Oh, why should I try to remember something if I can find it on my phone... It is the same as the quote from Braveheart made by Argyle Wallace: "First learn to use this (pointing to young Williams head), and then I will teach you how to use this (longsword of Williams father)" But nowadays it is way more easy to just give a child some tablet or smartphone just to shut them up, not actually use time to teach them to think on their own.

7. ibap

Posts: 873; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

Does anyone memorize phone numbers any more?

5. Loveneesh

Posts: 457; Member since: Jul 14, 2015

Sometimes, I wonder who and why will someone pay them for getting these studies on silly things?

4. LikeMyself

Posts: 631; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

Only if the phone touches your head. If u hold it few cm away, the effect is drastically reduced. Useless study. The kids are becoming dumber as they grow up since the phone does everything for them & not radiations

2. p51d007

Posts: 706; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Same problem happened in the 50's when Television came along. It was called the "boob tube" because people complained kids were losing brain cells. The problem isn't so much with smartphones, as it is with lack of parenting. Parents use these stupid things as babysitters instead of interacting with their kids.

1. ZombieHunter

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2013

Nope. Teens are just stupid. But, good excuse...

3. kiko007

Posts: 7525; Member since: Feb 17, 2016

Humans, in general, are stupid. Look at the elderly and how they respond to any sort of environmental change if you don’t believe me.

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6945; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Take the phone away and give them a big box of Lego, then point them towards the nearest playground lol. Funny day we get an article on how our cell phones cause us no harm, and now this? Hmmm...

10. NateDiaz

Posts: 1094; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

TechSceptic is a living example.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless