June 7, 2010
Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price
The New York Times in a 5 page article on how technology is rewiring our brains - not always in a good way.
... Scientists say juggling e-mail, phone calls and other incoming information can change how people think and behave. They say our ability to focus is being undermined by bursts of information.
These play to a primitive impulse to respond to immediate opportunities and threats. The stimulation provokes excitement — a dopamine squirt — that researchers say can be addictive. In its absence, people feel bored.
-- Does the Internet Make You Smarter? (WSJ June5, 2010)
-- Is Google Making Us Stupid? (The Atlantic, July/August, 2008)
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