New research highlights potential downsides to fiddling with digital devices while exercising or relaxing.

A new study suggests that people multitasking with their digital devices while at leisure or in spare moments are depriving their brains of much-needed downtime which could help process new learning experiences.

The New York Times reports:

The technology makes the tiniest windows of time entertaining, and potentially productive. But scientists point to an unanticipated side effect: when people keep their brains busy with digital input, they are forfeiting downtime that could allow them to better learn and remember information, or come up with new ideas.

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