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janette wrote:So...since I didn't make it past the 5th paragraph...is it saying that being on the computer all the time makes me brain smarter???? I need a condensed version Pj!
bluebirdpj wrote:janette wrote:So...since I didn't make it past the 5th paragraph...is it saying that being on the computer all the time makes me brain smarter???? I need a condensed version Pj!
LOL!!! I ended up skimming it, too... which just proves what it's all about... we have all this information at our fingertips (literally) ... and by accessing it online we are teaching our brain to skip around and lose focus and evidently not retain what we read....
There's a key paragraph near the end (since you'll never read that far, Janette, I'll post it here )
"Last year, researchers at Stanford found signs that this shift may already be well under way. They gave a battery of cognitive tests to a group of heavy media multitaskers as well as a group of relatively light ones. They discovered that the heavy multitaskers were much more easily distracted, had significantly less control over their working memory, and were generally much less able to concentrate on a task. Intensive multitaskers are “suckers for irrelevancy,” says Clifford Nass, one professor who did the research. “Everything distracts them.” Merzenich offers an even bleaker assessment: As we multitask online, we are “training our brains to pay attention to the crap.” "
Well...that's nothing new to me...I've done that for years...
DPphanGP1 wrote:Thanks for the article, PJ I found a lot of the info to be true, for me. Like the hyperlinks and interruptions.
This was a good paragraph, too.
"When first publicized, the findings were greeted with cheers. By keeping lots of brain cells buzzing, Google seemed to be making people smarter. But as Small was careful to point out, more brain activity is not necessarily better brain activity. The real revelation was how quickly and extensively Internet use reroutes people’s neural pathways. “The current explosion of digital technology not only is changing the way we live and communicate,” Small concluded, “but is rapidly and profoundly altering our brains.”"
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