6 Things That Make You Dumb
#1 Staying Indoors
This is a no-brainer. It is widely known the more social you are, the more active your mind becomes.
Socializing keeps you sharp, even as you grow older. Take for instance my father, he’s 66 years old, but rarely stays home except night hours. He is still capable of legal work and making decisions when required.
Apart from a good diet and exercises, he keeps his mind sharp and active by going to meetings, social events etc. He never slows down despite of age.
It is important to never stay indoors too often. Go out. Give your brain the social workout it needs.
#2 Junk Food Ruins Your Brain
It is widely known that junk food is bad for our bodies, this includes our brains which many people fail to acknowledge.
Data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents & Children have provided researchers some interesting findings. They have found that kids who eat more junk food at age 3, they are more likely to have a lower IQ by age 8. Even if these kids adopt a better diet between the age 4-7, it is still more likely not to affect their IQ by age 8. Eventually, this poor diet translates the children into poor social, cognitive and behavioral skills.
Contrarily, kids who practice good diet at the age 3 not only flourish with physical abilities, but mentally as well once reached age 8.
The researchers have also found that the brain grows rapidly during first 3 years. These are crucial years to provide kids food rich in vitamins, minerals etc as suggested by the researchers,
“It is possible that good nutrition during this period may
encourage optimal brain growth.”
It is, therefore, very important to ensure our kids to be nourished with a healthy diet during their first three years.
#3 Spanking Kids Lower IQ
Every parent dream of having smart children. The crème de la crème. If things do not go accordingly, parents would punish them, even by utilizing the corporal punishment of spanking into their teaching.
Many believed spanking their kids would get them ‘back in line’. However, a research conducted by professor Murray Strauss shows otherwise. The research Strauss conducted have found that children who were spanked have lower IQ compared to those who were not. Children who experienced corporal punishment had a lower cognitive ability score 4 years later.
The research also found that the more spanking a child experiences, the greater probability of post-traumatic stress symptoms as explained by Strauss,
“How often parents spanked made a difference. The more spanking the, the slower the
development of the child’s mental ability. But even small amounts of spanking
made a difference,”
The post-traumatic stress symptoms of the children are near similar to the ones war veterans experience from watching people’s heads blown up.
#4 Do Not Let Babies ‘Cry-Out’
Little babies cry out to ask for something. Things such as food, attention, bath etc. If these things are not fulfilled, babies will cry out louder till they get what it wants.
Allowing a baby to ‘cry-out’ for too long causes brain damage. The baby becomes stressful, and extreme distress could block full development of brains and causes it to produce cortisol, harmful to the brain especially the baby’s.
A research was conducted to verify the effects of babies ‘cry-out’ by the University of Pittsburgh. The university’s Dr. M. DeBellis and colleagues have published their findings, Biological Psychiatry 2004. The publish states babies ‘cry-out’ too often will suffer early trauma and eventually develops smaller brains.
#5 Jetlag Gives Permanent Brain Damage
Flying has become a part of many daily lives these days. Some do it for pleasure, and some for business purposes. It has become the norm of life. However, with it, comes jetlag, which is also known to many travelers.
Not many realizes the effects of constant experiences of jetlag on our brains, up till a research conducted to investigate the consequences of flying frequently especially to our brains.
An investigations was set up on Indian flight attendants to verify the effects. The research concluded that 67.47% of the flight attendants suffer from memory losses.
Another study by the University of Berkley, California performed tests on hamsters after hours of flying. The researchers found that the hamsters subjected to chronic jetlag had half neuron birth rate in brain. These animals performed poorly when tested.
#6 Living In A City
A good job and a nice place to stay seem crucial to have these days. Where else can you achieve these if not living in the city. Pile of opportunities are available in the city. However, it comes at a price to know that those living in the city are becoming stupid, according to a research.
The research had volunteers spend several minutes on a city street. Once done, the volunteers underwent psychological tests. The tests found that the brain was less-able to hold things in memory and suffers from reduced self-control.
The volunteers performed poorly due to many things that were going on in the city. The information the brain receives was too much to handle. This led the brain to tire and left with poor memory and poor self-control. Poor decision-making occurs where it leads people to buy things on impulse, putting aside rational thinking.
The research also found that those who walked through natural environments performed significantly better. Natural settings apply less stress on our cognitive processes, compared to the inputs and choices an urban environment produces.
Spending quality time outdoors in natural environment seems to be the right choice in order to prevent such stress to our brains.