Is Too Much Technology Wreaking Havoc on the Brain?

June 7, 2010

Digital technology has transformed the way people live, work, and play. We are now able to instantly communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime; however, an overload of technology can be counterproductive.

Digital technology has transformed the way people live, work, and play. We are now able to instantly communicate with anyone, anywhere, anytime; however, an overload of technology can be counterproductive.

In an article in the technology section of The New York Times, the author Matt Richtel describes what happens with technology overload. Although there are many benefits to digital technology, too much information from too many sources can have a negative effect on our brains and our families. According to Nora Volkow, director of the National Instiute of Drug Abuse and a leading brain scientist, technology is rewiring our brains. The allure of digital stimulation is comparable to food and sex-both essential but damaging in excess. Our ability to focus can be impaired and even when the stimulation ends, the negative effects persist.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/technology/07brain.html
 

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