IS THE WEB DRIVING US MAD?
Newsweek shares the latest findings on the impact of being digitally connected most of the time:
He rounded up 24 people, half of them experienced Web users, half of them newbies, and he passed them each through a brain scanner. The difference was striking, with the Web users displaying fundamentally altered prefrontal cortexes.
The article also shares some of the scientific reasons why we are addicted to being connected:
We may appear to be choosing to use this technology, but in fact we are being dragged to it by the potential of short-term rewards. Every ping could be social, sexual, or professional opportunity, and we get a mini-reward, a squirt of dopamine, for answering the bell.
Now, if you want to know if you’ve got connection addiction then take the INTERNET ADDICTION TEST. Time to rethink and redefine the reasons why we spend time on line.
…all of us, since the relationship with the Internet began, have tended to accept it as is, without much conscious thought about how we want it to be or what we want to avoid. Those days of complacency should end. The Internet is still ours to shape. Our minds are in the balance.
For more, here’s a related article from Forbes.