Do phones make us stupid?

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Last year, a study found that the average human attention span fell from 12 seconds, in 2000, to just eight seconds. Could our smartphones be to blame? This intelligent video from The Wall Street Journal uses experts and animations to explore the effect our devices are having on our brains.

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  1. Would you rather live in a world without smartphones? List three pros and three cons for them.
  2. Draw and label the following regions of the brain: frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, occipital lobe, the cerebellum and the brain stem. Add some facts about the purpose of each area.