Internet can make you a snappy thinker: Study

Associated Press of Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: The Internet improves people’s ability to make snap decisions and filter large amounts of information, according to a new study.

In the study found that the brains of those tested were markedly more active when carrying out Internet searches than when reading books, Health news reported.

However, the stimulation was particularly in the areas that control decision-making and complex reasoning. Areas associated to abstract thinking and empathy showed virtually no increase in stimulation.

“Young people are growing up immersed in this technology and their brains are more malleable, more plastic and changing than with older brains,” Times Online quoted Small, as saying.

“The next generation, as [Charles] Darwin suggests, will adapt to this environment. Those who become really good at technology will have a survival advantage they will have a higher level of economic success and their progeny will be better off,” he added.

For the study, Small scanned the brains of 24 volunteers and found that browsing websites stimulated the frontal, temporal and cingulate areas of the brain, which control complex reasoning.

Older users and those who had not previously tried the Internet all showed similar effects.

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