Infographic: The Internet is Ruining Your Brain

According to ForensicPsychology.net, heavy Internet users are already about 2.5 times more likely to be depressed than those who stay away from it and the remaining figures the site is reporting are not helping to change that.

In a rather lengthy infographic, ForensicPsychology.net lists a collection of data how Internet usage is affecting our brain and behavior. The sheer amount of time we are spending on the Internet - the site says we are collectively using the Internet for 35 billion hours each month and 61 percent of us admit to be addicted to the Internet - causes us to consume too much information simultaneously, which results in stress and reduced thinking speed and creative ability.

Search engines such as Google are changing our learning behavior that does not necessarily train our brains. Rather than storing the actual information we are finding, we simply learn how to find that information again when we need it. The bottom line of the current trend is that the impact of the Internet reduces our brain's ability to transmit emotional, sensory, memory and speech signals by about 20 percent, ForensicPsychology.net claims.


 

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  • jellico
    Yeah, whatever. The same claim was made about television, and before that radio, and before that books. Too much of anything (money, food, water, air) is not good for you. This is pretty obvious, yet people feel compelled to regurgitate it frequently in the guise of some new study. At the end of the day, it's just a bunch of people telling you that something you happen to enjoy is actually bad for you. I suspect this has been going on for most of recorded history and is really nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt at control. So the Internet may be bad for me... how about this, I'll worry about my life and everyone else just worry about their own.
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  • Anonymous
    Well... that was depressing...
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  • amk-aka-Phantom
    Internet feeds you a LOT of information and forces you to think more than you normally do. For most people, that results in depression because after seeing tons of new about people making millions of $$ on dumb ideas like Angry Birds, they really wish they'd do more with their lives...
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  • slicedtoad
    i wouldn't be on the internet if it was good for me...
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  • kingius
    The warning is there. Let those intelligent enough to heed it, do so.
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  • Anonymous
    Well... that was depressing...
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