Whose Brain Is Rewired How From Their Internet Usage Patterns?

Whose Brain Is Rewired How From Their Internet Usage Patterns?

…that good or bad outcomes from heavy computer use is going to depend on who, how they’re doing what they’re doing, at what age, and how you define what’s a good or bad outcome… And it’s a good idea to consider what they think is good or bad. I think.

Therefore, if good outcomes are possible for anyone in any category, we should be exploring how to provide those same benefits for those who don’t meet the current parameters.

That may be like training an 80 year for football; but, until we explore the possibilities we don’t know. We should never accept limitations. We should always assume there is an innovative approach that can help us accomplish most anything.

Read on. If you’re curious to know how the internet is affecting your brain, enjoy…


Does Internet Usage Rewire the Human Brain?

Co-authored by Lakshmi, a Mobicip blogger who is just as passionately opinionated about the juxtaposition of technology, parenting and education.

Going by prehistory, where, the dawn of tool usage among human ancestors coincided with a remarkable increase in brain size, it is natural to expect that new digital activity can cause rewiring in the cerebral circuitry.

The brain is a neuroplastic organ that is constantly changing in response to external stimuli.

Given the enormity of the stimulus caused by the Internet, it seems logical that it can cause significant cerebral adaptations. Or is the digital era too recent to be able to cause evolutionary changes in brain structure yet?

On one hand are neuroscientists such as Susan Greenfield, who believe that the digital era could be detrimental to the human brain.

Greenfield argues that the prefrontal cortex would be damaged, underdeveloped or underactive in technology addicts, just as it is in gamblers, schizophrenics or the obese.

Researchers from Xidian University, China have recently suggested that long-term Internet addiction does result in brain structural alterations, which could contribute to chronic dysfunction in subjects with Internet Addiction Disorder.

There are others who differ.

Jeff Jarvis, author of “Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live,” believes that technology will not change our brains and how we are “wired,” but affects and changes how we cognate and navigate our world, which could in fact, be beneficial.

A study by Gary Small at UCLA in 2008 showed that Internet browsing activities triggered key centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning.

It is little wonder then that digital natives are better at snap decisions and juggling sensory input than digital immigrants.

This could indicate that technology and gadgets do possibly rewire the brain to function better, especially during…

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