A study at UCLA has found that the Internet is actually “good” for the brain. (And all this time, I was convinced that I was losing my mind because of it.) Researchers there have determined that internet surfing, like “solving crossword puzzles” (or opening child-proof/ tamper-proof bottles, I might add), can reduce “brain shrinkage” and related misfortunes due to aging. Lead researcher Professor Gary Small said: “The study results are encouraging, that emerging computerised technologies may have physiological effects and potential benefits for middle-aged and older adults.” (BBC)
Speaking as a still reverberating Baby Boomer on the Road to Peaceful Nonexistence, strutting and fretting his moment upon the stage for 59 years now, computers and the Internet never cease to amaze me. When I was a child, the only laptop that I owned was an Etch-a-Sketch, and “computerization” usually took the form of Forbidden Planet‘s Robby the Robot and Lost In Space‘s B-9 Robot; that’s where it was and we presumed that 2001: A Space Odyssey‘s HAL the Computer was where it was going…which, arguably, wasn’t too good.
Computers and the accompanying Internet, apparently being taken more and more for granted by kids of all ages, are among the most remarkably complex and revolutionary inventions of human civilization. People have a device at their fingertips that should not only exercise their growing or aging minds by using it, but should allow them an endless intellectual challenge in trying to analyze how they’re using it so conveniently and suddenly in the first place.
- What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (gizmodo.com)
- *Robby the Robot 2009 Hallmark Ornament (robbyrobot2009hallmarkornamentm8sale.wordpress.com)
- Forbidden Planet (disclose.tv)
- What Is The Internet Doing To Our Brains (socialstudenthoyes.wordpress.com)