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Much has been said about the downfalls of spending too much time tinkering with smartphones, but a new study says it leads to greater brain activity when the thumbs and other fingertips are touched. T...
I have an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Before the proliferation of the smartphone, I was constantly screwing up even the most basic of social tenets and losing friends, if I ever made them to begin with. While Louis C.K. and his supporters assert that you need face to face contact and the ability to see another person's expressions to build empathy, I've found that occasionally removing the pressures of that contact has allowed me, for the first time in my life, to express all of the empathy that I have always had for my loved ones and fellow humans. It has allowed me to prove that I am a person.