11 Everyday Things Science Says Are Rotting Our Brains More Than TV Ever Did

11 Everyday Things Science Says Are Rotting Our Brains More Than TV Ever Did

Ah, the modern world. It's a place of convenience, comfort, and constant stimulation. But have you ever stopped to think about how all of this might be affecting our brains? From pollution to sleep deprivation, from GPS to video games, it turns out that the everyday things we take for granted could be having a serious impact on our brains. 

Over the years, scientists have uncovered a wealth of knowledge about how our brains work and how they can be affected by our environment and lifestyle choices. From traffic to sleep deprivation, pollution to noise, GPS to video games, and even pregnancy and loneliness, this list will take you on a journey through the science of the brain and the effects our environment can have on it. 

We'll look at 11 everyday things that are literally changing our brains. We'll explore the science behind how these everyday activities can affect our brain health. So buckle up and prepare to be shocked by the ways in which the modern world is changing our brains.

Click right here to get the best of Cracked sent to your inbox.

Pollution takes its toll.

CRACKED POLLUTION FROM TRAFFIC In one study, scientists looked at kids in Barcelona and found that those who went to schools in areas with a lot of traffic pollution didn't do as well in their studies as those in areas with less pollution.


Noise pollution: not great for teens' brains.

CRACKED II NOISE POLLUTION A study has found that teenagers who are exposed to a lot of noise from traffic have worse memory and concentration than those who don't. For every 10 decibels of traffic noise, their memory and concentration levels dropped by a small amount.

SNF / The Sun 

Coffee: Too much, too late.

CRACKED COFFEE Drinking too much coffee (more than six cups a day) is linked to having a smaller brain and a 53% higher chance of getting dementia.

SciNews / USC 

Brain shrinking: inevitable.

CRACKED BEING OVER 35 As we get older, our brains tend to shrink a little bit each year. After age 35, the average shrinkage is about 0.2% each year, but after age 60, it speeds up to about 0.5% each year.

NCBI / LitHub 

Scroll down for the next article


Forgot Password?