The Internet is changing our brains
Lots of easily accessible information - almost the whole of human knowledge obtained with a click. Such enormity of possibilities has an influence on how our brain works. Researchers are already examining the issue.
The case is complex because both, our brain and the technology itself are complicated. Plenty of problems, which we did not realize previously, emerge at the point of their contact. After all, who could know that easily available knowledge will cause that no one will be willing to absorb that knowledge any longer? The reference is to the mechanism which has been examined - surf the web accustoms us to remember not to information, but its sources. Such conclusion stems from researches conducted at Columbia University. However, Betsy Sparrow, who carried out those researches, is not willing to rise the alarm. She rather believes that these are guidelines that should be taken into account by today's teachers. Their efforts should be targeted to stimulate thinking, not memorizing. Internet acts as a kind of external memory of our brain and the only thing we have to know, is how to access the knowledge stored there.
Nicholas Carr is one of the scientists who are more inclined to identify hazards arising from the use of the Internet. He points the fact that surfing confronts us with information overload. There are the two main consequences of it:
- we are no longer able to focus on one thing
- we have trouble with remembering
After a series of experiments comparing the brains of people who are surfing the net and those who are not surfing, the researcher named Small, concluded that the former have much more active areas responsible for making decisions and analyzing information. He stated that, in that case, use of the Internet can be an excellent therapy for many cognitive disorders, including those related to age.