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Doodles Can Help Your Noodle


For quite awhile, doodling in class or work has been looked down upon, and most of the time doodling will end up getting you called out by either a teacher or boss. With all of these negative emotions tied into doodling, you might think that you should stray away from doodling, but doodling has shown to have more upsides and positives more than negatives.

The Negatives of Doodling

Doodling has been given a negative feeling because most people consider it to be a sign of laziness and distraction. Along with doodlers, fidgeters and people who whisper are also in this group of lazy, distracted people. But do doodlers really deserve to be put in this negative light? According to some, it does not.

The Positives of Doodling

Despite all the negativity behind doodling, it’s shown to be quite useful.  The results of a study done in 2009 show that on average, people who doodled were able to retain more information. The study was done on 40 people, split into two groups. Both were listening to a boring phone call, but half of them doodled. Those who doodled were able to retain 29% more information.

“You can use doodling as a tool … to change your physical and neurological experience, in that moment,” Sunni Brown said. Brown is the, author of the recently published The Doodle Revolution.