Study: Websurfing Boosts Brainpower!
You're not surfing for gossip, porno or politics; you're engaged in a rigorous program of self-improvement!
Internet beats books for improving the mind, say scientists
Browsing the internet is better than reading books for boosting the brain power of middle-aged and older adults, new research has found.
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Scientists discovered that searching the world wide web exercised the mind far more than reading and was similar to completing crosswords and puzzles.
Brain scans showed that going online stimulated larger parts of the brain than the relatively passive activity of reading a novel or non-fiction book.
It was so stimulating that the authors of the study believe it could actually help people maintain healthier brains into their old age.
"The study results are encouraging, that emerging computerised technologies may have physiological effects and potential benefits for middle-aged and older adults," said principal investigator Dr Gary Small, a professor at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at University of California.
"Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function." The study, the first of its kind to assess the impact of internet searching on brain performance, is published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.