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How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains.
by Susan Greenfield
The virtual world can seem more immediate and significant than the smelly, tasty, touchy 3D Real World. Its a place of anxiety and triumphant exhilaration which sweeps us into the social networking swirl of collective consciousness.
It is a...
Upon waking, you will be checking your phone within 15 minutes of consciousness.
You will need stimulation, excitement and escapism. So you use technology to socialise, for online shopping, playing games etc.
The Real physical world i...
In 2000, brain scans showed that London cab drivers had developed physical changes in their brains as a result of their daily activity of constantly using their working memory. Their hippocampus was actually bigger compared to non taxi drivers of the same age. Th...
The word 'ecstasy' in Greek means 'to stand outside' of oneself. It is this emotional, unreflective state that we seek out through a diverse range of pursuits - an absence of self consciousness, of being 'abandoned'.
When you share personal information on a social networking site, you share it with a large immediate audience.
Research shows that the lack of face to face communication leads to a corresponding rise in self disclosure. The absence of visual cues or body language
Sometimes the real world is not the best place to be. Video games can provide a calming routine for people who are unable to cope with the uncertainties of the real world.
Unlike traditional real world games, video games offer an escape from the dull, diffi...
Research analysing reading behaviour in the digital environment has revealed that decreases in sustained attention are increasingly characterising peoples literacy skills. People inclined to browse, scan and read more selectively, will spend less time on in depth and concentrated reading....
Social networking sites could worsen communication skills and reduce interpersonal empathy.
Personal identities might be constructed externally and refined to perfection with the praise of an audience as a priority, an approach more suggestive of pe...
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