How the internet is affecting the human brain: Multitasking and relying on Google to jog our memories is impacting on our concentration and social skills
Author: Dianne Apen-Sadler
Spending time on the internet is reducing our ability to focus on one task at a time - and it means we no longer store facts in our brains.
Our lives have been forever changed by gaining access to infinite amounts of information at the touch of a button, but the way our head works has too.
A new review looking into the effect of the online world on our brain functions from researchers in the UK, US and Australia, has drawn a number of surprising conclusions.
The review focused on the world wide web's influence in three areas: attention spans, memory, and social cognition.
It notes that the internet is now 'unavoidable, ubiquitous, and a highly functional aspect of modern living' before diving into how it has changed our society.
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