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|8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Davidgprs(m): 10:03pm On Jul 31, 2014|
People assume that iPhones, laptops and Netflix are evidence of progress. In some ways, that's true. A moderate amount of Googling, for instance, can be good for your brain, and there are apps that can boost brain function and activity.
Yet tech advancements also come with some unintended consequences. Our brains being "massively rewired" by tech, says neuroscientist Michael Merzenich in The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brains, a Pulitzer-nominated 2011 book by Nicholas Carr. Merzenich warns that the effect of technology on human intelligence could be “deadly.”
That got us thinking. How exactly is technology messing up our brains?
1. Tech is screwing up your sleep.
Studies have shown that blue-enriched light, which is emitted by gadgets like smartphones, tablets and laptops, can suppress the body’s release of melatonin at night. Melatonin is a key hormone that helps regulate your internal clock, telling your body when it is nighttime and when to feel sleepy. Blue light can disrupt that process, making it impossible for you to stick to a proper sleep schedule.
Losing sleep has a number of negative effects on your brain. If you’re not logging seven or more hours of sleep each night, you might suffer from increasingly bad moods, decreased focus at work and problems with memory, not to mention a loss of actual brain tissue -- all of which makes you less than a joy to be around.
2. You’re easily distracted.
You don't really need science to know this, but technology makes it much easier to get distracted, whether that’s stepping away from an important project to check your smartphone or flipping between multiple browser tabs without really focusing on any one. It has been proven that toggling between multiple tasks at once doesn’t actually work -- in fact, you just wind up performing all your duties even worse.
Teens in particular are more distracted than ever. A 2012 Pew Research Center survey of more than 2,400 teachers found that most educators feel students are more distracted than previous generations. Some 87 percent of teachers agreed with the statement, “today’s digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans,” while 64 percent agreed with the idea that “today’s digital technologies do more to distract students than to help them academically.” Yikes.
3. You can’t remember much...
Technology's tendency to butt into whatever else you're doing makes it more difficult to form new memories. As Nicholas Carr explains in The Shallows, memory comes in two types: transient working memory and long-term memory, which is more permanent. Information needs to pass from working memory into long-term memory in order to be stored. Any break in the processes of working memory -- like, say, stopping to check your email or send a text message in the middle of reading an article -- can erase information from your mind before that transfer occurs.
There’s also a limit to how much information your working memory can take in at once. Taking in too much information -- which happens a lot online -- is like “having water poured into a glass continuously all day long, so whatever was there at the top has to spill out as the new water comes down,” productivity expert Tony Schwartz told The Huffington Post last year.
4. ...so you’re relying on the Internet to remember things for you.
People used to be able to retain really vast quantities of knowledge -- like reciting entire novels, word for word -- but technology has eliminated both the need and the drive to do so. When you know that Google or your smartphone can retain a piece of information for you, you’re less likely to store it in memory, studies have shown. Scientific American last year likened the Internet to an “external hard drive” for our brains, as we outsource an increasing amount of information to the web.
That’s not the worst thing in the world, Scientific American adds. We’ve always outsourced some of that information to external “hard drives” of sorts, relying on friends rather than technology to fill in the gaps in our knowledge. But these day we're "outsourcing" way more.
5. And you're much more forgetful than you used to be.
Millennials are actually more likely to forget what day it is or where they put their keys than people over the age of 55, according to a 2013 Trending Machine survey. In a press release for the survey, family and occupational therapist Patricia Gutentag called out technology as one of the main culprits: “This is a population that has grown up multitasking using technology, often compounded by lack of sleep, all of which results in high levels of forgetfulness,” she said.
6. You can’t concentrate on what you’re reading.
Even if you’ve shunned all distractions, you still won’t absorb information you read online as well as you would if you’d read it in a book. And you can blame hypertext for that. Those colorful little links scattered throughout online articles (including this one) make your brain work harder than it would otherwise, leaving less brain power to process what you’re reading. Even just reading on screens, like a laptop or iPad -- links or no links -- has been shown to diminish comprehension.
Research has shown that reading linked text “entails a lot of mental calisthenics -- evaluating hyperlinks, deciding whether to click, adjusting to different formats -- that are extraneous to the process of reading,” Carr wrote in “The Shallows.” And giving your brain more work to do makes it harder to absorb information. Text that’s peppered with photos, videos and ads is even worse.
7. You can’t find your way around without GPS.
People who rely on GPS to get around have less activity in the hippocampus, an area of the brain involved in both memory and navigation, according to a series of studies presented in 2010. Using spatial memory -- which involves using visual cues to develop "cognitive maps" that remember routes -- instead of operating on GPS-induced autopilot can help avert memory problems later in life, the studies found.
A 2008 study from the University of London even found that taxi drivers had more developed hippocampi than non-taxi drivers -- perhaps because they are so accustomed to navigating cities using spatial memory, rather than relying on GPS (though that may no longer be true of smartphone-equipped taxi drivers).
8. You have the brain of a drug addict.
No, “Internet addiction” isn’t just some BS term parents throw around to terrify youngsters who spend too much time playing Candy Crush. Spending too much time on the Internet can actually cause changes in the brain that mimic those caused by drug and alcohol dependence, according to a 2012 study.
Internet addicts -- most notably gamers who shun food, school and sleep to play for days on end -- have abnormal white and grey matter in their brains, which disrupts and cripples the regions involved in processing emotion and regulating attention and decision-making. Alcoholics and drug addicts have strikingly similar brain abnormalities, the study found.
“I have seen people who stopped attending university lectures, failed their degrees or their marriages broke down” because of Internet gaming addiction, Dr. Henriette Bowden Jones, who runs a British clinic for Internet addicts, told The Independent.
Now that you're properly terrified of the effects of technology on the old noggin, let us remind you that you do have the power to prevent brain drain and time-suck. Just log off every once in a while!
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Noah13: 10:09pm On Jul 31, 2014|
Good point, cos i'm a victim of 5&6
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by iamsegsy(m): 10:17pm On Jul 31, 2014|
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by hydeka: 6:51am On Aug 01, 2014|
Many are easily distracted by Nairaland and other social networks.
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by donnypool: 6:51am On Aug 01, 2014|
smh no hope again
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by aminho(m): 6:52am On Aug 01, 2014|
it made u write dis crap oga you are silly too
but thats none of my problm
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Dygeasy(m): 6:52am On Aug 01, 2014|
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by caesaraba(m): 6:54am On Aug 01, 2014|
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by 9jahubcom(m): 6:59am On Aug 01, 2014|
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by valmunich(m): 6:59am On Aug 01, 2014|
Uhmm... Can I get likes for no reason?
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Olusharp(m): 7:01am On Aug 01, 2014|
I don't even know what to say. *Singing* Awon goons mi,awon loni ki ma para ki keep cool mi...
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|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by deri4luv1(m): 7:02am On Aug 01, 2014|
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by MrRhymes101(m): 7:03am On Aug 01, 2014|
No4 is so true 4 me
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by pelvicky(m): 7:09am On Aug 01, 2014|
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|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by coldsummer: 7:10am On Aug 01, 2014|
Makes. u lie that u have been busy and haven't touched your phone, meanwhile Viber and Whatsapp show youhave been very much active online
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Nobody: 7:15am On Aug 01, 2014|
Ooh boy nland don turn many people to crase here o sotey dem dey wake 2am create silly threads
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Cheeun(f): 7:16am On Aug 01, 2014|
It could be a lil' bit of distraction but still Tech. is cool jawe.
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by StealthyMe(m): 7:20am On Aug 01, 2014|
Brotherly,na so u quote that long post to write that.........
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by tammyboy1(m): 7:23am On Aug 01, 2014|
valmunich: Uhmm... Can I get likes for no reason?no
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by ITbomb(m): 7:25am On Aug 01, 2014|
We forget filenames and location of directories.
You ask someone what was the name of the file he just sent, he doesn't know.
You ask him where he saved his project work, he doesn't know, he will instead use the Start search or recent files
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by donnypool: 7:26am On Aug 01, 2014|
yes o brother cause those write nor correct
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Nobody: 7:31am On Aug 01, 2014|
So we are all mad at last??
because the internet is still growing!!
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by januzaj(m): 7:34am On Aug 01, 2014|
d world would av been bored for many of us without these sillinesses
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Big4wig(m): 7:36am On Aug 01, 2014|
Who here also pees at the side of the toilet just cos it makes less noise?
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by cooltobex(m): 7:38am On Aug 01, 2014|
Quite true I must say.
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by ikevin(m): 7:55am On Aug 01, 2014|
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by 1Book(m): 7:56am On Aug 01, 2014|
...Am technology myself...
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by ikevin(m): 7:57am On Aug 01, 2014|
StealthyMe:I just tire for people Oº°˚˚˚°, all that long quotation for just few reply haba. It pisses the shit out of me. I just feel like grabbing a ..... And......the person. Hahahahahahahah
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Nobody: 7:58am On Aug 01, 2014|
donnypool:see what technology has caused this guy
donnypool:see what technology has caused this guy
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by hazyfm: 7:58am On Aug 01, 2014|
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by Lucario007(m): 8:07am On Aug 01, 2014|
did you have to quote the op just to write a four word comment??
|Re: 8 Ways Technology Makes You silly. by UjSizzle(f): 8:11am On Aug 01, 2014|
Even just reading on screens, like a laptop or iPad -- links or no links -- has been shown to diminish comprehension.This is a big problem for me. I just avoid e-books generally and articles longer than 1000 words.
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