The dangers of neuroscientists.

Thanks to Kent Newsome for pointing me to this article quoting a British neuroscientist:

Social networking websites are causing alarming changes in the brains of young users, an eminent scientist has warned.

Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Bebo are said to shorten attention spans, encourage instant gratification and make young people more self-centred.


But they will strike a chord with parents and teachers who complain that many youngsters lack the ability to communicate or concentrate away from their screens.

Hmmm. Twenty years ago MTV got the blame. Forty years ago it was rock and roll music. And we’ve always been able to blame the problem on an attraction to the opposite sex. Now it’s social networking. Yet these young users sound like average everyday people to me.

I am worried though about the alarming changes Facebook seems to cause in the brains of neuroscientists.


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