Surfing net alters the way brain works
There is this startling revelation for the large number of people who spend lot of time online, searching and surfing and collecting the information with help from google. The internet has become a godsend boon for many people and they are foraging the deep ocean of internet to get the required result.
The Net is becoming a universal medium, the conduit for most of the information that flows through huge number of internet users. Researchers have found that internet users are developing to deal more efficiently with searching and filtering large amounts of information, and making quick decisions. But on the flip side, Human behaviour is changing the brain's neural patterns impairing the social skills of heavy web users and also leading to conditions like Attention Deficit Disorder.
The internet is not just changing the way people live but altering the way our brains work with a neuroscientist arguing that this is an evolutionary change which will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order.
Gary Small, a neuroscientist at UCLA in California who specializes in brain function, has found through studies that Internet searching and text messaging has made brains more adept at filtering information and making snap decisions.
But while technology can accelerate learning and boost creativity it can have drawbacks as it can create internet addicts whose only friends are virtual and has sparked a dramatic rise in Attention Deficit Disorder diagnoses.
Small, however, argues that the people who will come out on top in the next generation will be those with a mixture of technological and social skills.
"We're seeing an evolutionary change. The people in the next generation who are really going to have the edge are the ones who master the technological skills and also face-to-face skills," Small said in a telephone interview.
"They will know when the best response to an email or instant message is to talk rather than sit and continue to email."
In his newly released fourth book 'iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind', Small looks at how technology has altered the way young minds develop, function and interpret information.
Small, the director of the Memory & Aging Research Center at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior and the Center on Aging at UCLA, said the brain was very sensitive to the changes in the environment such as those brought by technology.