By: Alexandra Tregre
According to new research, there has been a new development in how the human brain is working with regards to the internet. Studies show that with the emergence of continual internet use among the youth of today there has been an improvement in the ability to make quick decisions and filter large amounts of information. However, there is an obvious cost of subtle skills that one cannot acquire from the internet such as interpretation of facial expressions.
Although many argue the internet is taking away from general skills such as reading, it was concluded that brains were much more active when carrying out internet searches in comparison. According to a researcher at UCLA, Gary Small, “Young people are growing up immersed in this technology and their brains are more malleable, more plastic and changing than older brains.”
There is even speculation that this immersion of technology into everyday life and events could lead to a long-term evolutionary change. Such a change could even produce a new generation of thinking. According to Darwin and his theory of beings adapting to their new environments, those with a greater handle on technology may have a higher survival advantage in the economic world. Small adds that these people are “more likely to take risks and be reckless,” ultimately giving them the upper hand.
The laboratory tests that were conducted found that people who spend a lot of time playing computer games did significantly better on attention and concentration tests contrary to popular belief. Small indicates that browsing websites stimulates the frontal, temporal and cingulated areas of the brain. However, it should be noted that such stimulation may be achieved through other situations.