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IN Lifestyle ON 05 Feb, 2016
Yes, I hate to admit. Spending more on internet doing aimless browsing affects our cognitve processes severely. It shows you lot of pop ups saying, 'Click here', 'Watch this'and 'Share that', and our brain has been tuned in doing so, after repeating such behaviours several times.
Internet gives us loads of information, explodes us with variety of online contents, it has changed our way of understanding (with constant distractions) and hence changed how we learn and grasp..
With a continuous chain of links, videos and social media, websites are probably making us dumber day by day!
Nicolas Carr, too says so in her book "What the internet is doing to out brains" - the book had been chosen for Pulitzer Award. The Internet is inducing intellectual decay in our brains, and that's really sad!
We're exposed to increasing number of online contents that makes processing of information slow, which in turn makes it extremely difficult to internalise information and thereby store it in long term memory.
When you encounter such links, your brain is constantly thinking whether or not to click it, when you're trying to read the content for which you're using the internet. By reading incessantly on the Internet, we scatter our minds, lessen our focus, and diminish our aptitude.
Regularly forcing your brain to make such decisions, it impairs its ability to store what is actually necessary and important. And therefore, decreases your concentration and attention span.
According to Nicolas Carr, information gathered from books are retained for longer time as they are not simultaneously interrupted by continuous random links.
Books help us to transfer healthy information from 'Working Memory' to the 'Long Term Memory'. The Internet however, produces wide ranges of information but hardly helps in storing it in a long term for later retrieval.
Carr said,'What we do transfer [on the Internet] is a jumble of drops from different faucets, not a continuous, coherent stream from one source. 'Next time, you really want to gain knowledge pick up a book. Stay Smart!
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