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 How The Internet is CHANGING Your Brain
 이** (jean)



We've all been looking at our screens longer than ever due to the pandemic, 

but what is that doing to our brains? 



Just imagine what life would be without the Internet. Some of us actually remember

the time before everything was connected but the thought of living without 

smartphones maps where search engines ran at our fingertips now seems 

completely alien to us but how is our increasing reliance on the online world 

affecting us our relationships sources of information in the way we interact 

with each other is rapidly changing and there are even noticeable effects 

occurring within our brains with more and more devices relying 

on the internet it's no surprise that worldwide access is continually increasing

in 2016 an estimated 3.5 billion people across the world access online 

services the top three countries were China with 721 million users followed 

by India and then the US with 290 million users by far the most common 

language used online is English followed by Chinese and Spanish the reliance

on using the Internet is clearly changing across 

generations mainly depending on those who had to adapt to the new 

technology or those who grew up with that being readily accessible 

Generation X Internet users who were born between the mid 1960s and 

early 1980s logged an average of a hundred and ten minutes of mobile

internet usage each day while Millennials who were born from the early

80s onward and grew up with the internet locked in the average of a hundred 

and eighty five minutes per day social media and messaging

apps have become crucial to how we live our lives and communicate

with more than a billion people regularly using apps like whatsapp and 

even more using platforms such as Facebook and Twitter now with 

increasing use of Internet services it seems only natural that our behavior

is changing as well communication through these platforms is far more 

common which means phone calls and text messages are dropping

in popularity and the use of online shopping and services has caused 

a sharp decline in the uses of traditional high street stores our towns 

and cities are starting to look very different to a few decades ago and

this can all be attributed to what's now available 

online so how is all this affecting our brains with such a wealth of information

at our fingertips the prevalence of the Internet is changing away our work 

millenials for example have been found to be far more forgetful than previous

generations this is thought to be a direct result of the constant distractions 

that connectivity brings the basic principle behind memory is that the more

a piece of information is repeated and thought about in your short-term 

memory the stronger its stored within your long-term memory 

constant new information however prevents this process from taking place 

as effectively and far less is permanently stored further to this the knowledge

that information is readily available online means that you're less likely to form 

a memory of it while previous generations would have memorized directions on 

a map for example now there's a reliance on being able to access this GPS 

app on your fault we're also becoming more addicted to our smartphones 

constant glances to check for messages where updates means that we're 

becoming more and more used to developing a habit of being distracted our 

brains are less used to transitioning into deeper modes of thinking 

which makes it more difficult to do this when we need to some research has also

shown that the constant flow of information has meant that we are losing cognitive 

control this means not only is our ability to control our minds reducing but also our

ability to decide what we're thinking about the more you rely on your phone and an 

app to provide information to you the less you are able to determine what's 

important to focus on we are increasingly more concerned with information 

that's new as opposed to what's actually important so what can be done 

although technology is clearly affecting the way our brains work it's not 

necessarily a bad thing throughout history inventions have always enabled 

us to focus less on one thing so our time can be used somewhere else 

washing machines for example means that people spend far less time on

cleaning clothes so these extra hours each day are taken up by work or other 

activities similarly so the ability to communicate and find information 

much faster on the internet means that we have extra mental capacity for other

processes still reducing our screen time can help to keep our brains more active 

and malleable and it's a good idea to be aware of how much time you're spending 

on distractions each day so my advice to keep track of how much time you're 

spending a lie and you know unplug every once in a while you.



1. As per the video, how does the Internet affect our brain?

2. How long have you been using the internet? Why? 

3. What social media do you use these days?

2020-07-23 오후 3:04:43
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