Thursday, February 26, 2009

Social Websites Harm Children's Brains



Another interesting article I came across while browsing through digg.com was this article that was basically a warning from neuroscientists to parents that social networking websites are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users. According to the article, social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Bebo are said to shorten attention spans, encourage instant gratification and make young people more self-centered.

Reading this article, I was reminded of my middle school/high school cousins that own a facebook/myspace and are avid users. It made me realize that the new younger generation is more technologically savvy but at what costs? If this study is true, I wouldn't be surprised if my cousins' neurologically "soft" brains develop a slight case of ADD or ADHD from being daily facebook/myspace users. I guess this is related/parallel to kids playing rated M games that have a lot of gory/violence in them. Also, growing up my parents wouldn't let me have a TV in my room because they felt it was a distraction, wanted me to spend more time outside of my room [not cooped up in there alone], and felt it was best for me. Looking back at it, I feel they were right [I didn't spend hours sitting on my bed watching TV, spent more time studying and with family/friends]. What do you guys think about this whole ordeal?