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Is the internet and social media influencing your brain? Documentary filmmaker Tiffany Shlain investigates our changing behaviors in the connected world.
Filmmakers like Shlain and researchers like Dr. Gary Small are pioneers in their discussions and research linking the Internet with brain activity. In a recent study, Dr. Small observed brain activity in two groups of subjects interacting with a search engine –one that was “net-savvy” and one that was “net naïve”. The results showed increased brain activity in the experienced netizens, reflecting Shlain’s hypothesis that our online behaviors stimulate more brain systems. But whether these changes are beneficial or detrimental to humans in the long run, is an ongoing debate.
Researchers have discovered that we can become addicted to the Internet just like we can become addicted to nicotine. Recent studies have validated the condition known as Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD). Those with IAD can suffer tremors, shivers, nausea and anxiety. Try breaking a gamer from their screen mid-level and you’ll immediately get a sense of the hold that this medium has on its addicts. Other negative effects include lack of sleep and shortened attention spans. Studies have shown that the average number of sleep hours per night is inversely proportionate to the average number of hours per day spent online.
However living in this connected, media-filled world isn’t all bad. According to Shlain, we’re in the process of building a global brain, one that will allow for increased ingenuity and learning. Shlain compares the development of an infant’s brain with this idea of the global brain. The more parts of the brain you connect in a child’s mind, the more creativity and insights that child will experience. According to Shlain, the same holds true for our collective conscious. The online space allows for millions of unique and imaginative minds to share their interests and skills in various communities and niches. These creative clusters hold the potential to harness creativity and mobilize an army of creative minds into action.
Via Beth Dichter, Alistair Parker, Rui Guimarães Lima
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