Information Age (02:35)
Experts discuss effects of the Internet and computer technology on modern culture. The risks of Internet and mobile phone use are greater than commonly realized; young people are especially affected.
Deep Thinking (02:15)
As computers become ubiquitous in modern life, questions are posed— do these devices damage deep thinking and the ability to pay close attention to tasks? The US Department of Defense created the Internet through a project by the Advanced Research Project Agency.
Replacing Human Memory with Machines (02:40)
Although the digital age affects most members of society, experts note that the generation of children born into this age may be at the biggest risk, as skills such as communication, concentration, contemplation, and memory could be impaired.
Disengaging from Digital World (03:00)
Author Nicholas Carr left the fast-paced, technology based city of Boston and relocated to the Rocky Mountains in order to regain concentration and contemplation. He points out that some tools are better than the Internet. Citizens of South Korea are able to access Internet technology with three times the speed of Europeans.
Psychiatric Symptoms of Addiction (03:27)
In South Korea, smartphone usage and interactive gaming centers are so prevalent that most young people are deeply affected and some are addicted. Psychiatry professor Kim Dai-Jim of Seoul and psychiatrist Victoria Dunckley both observed a rapid growth in computer addiction.
Generation M2 (02:40)
Experts have been studying the effects of mobile phones and Internet usage in developed countries all across the world, and coming to similar conclusions. The Kaiser Family Foundation published a study examining the increasing usage of the internet from 1999 to 2004.
Nature of Addiction (04:13)
People, who are socially unsuccessful, especially in puberty, are most likely to fall into internet addiction, finding that communication behind the secure barrier of a computer screen skirts some of these issues.
Digital Medium Disrupts Natural Balance (02:21)
A major concern about "Internet addiction" is the potential for altering, or slowing, brain development in young people. Replacing materials like chalk and chalkboards with technology eliminates development of motor skill functions.
Digital Devices and Working Memory (02:55)
Multitasking is not a learned ability, but a way of doing things less efficiently. Paying close attention to a singular task at hand and maintaining a properly functioning working memory by way of variation and exercising is recommended.
Effects on the Frontal Lobe (03:58)
Studies provide quantitative evidence in favor of the idea that Internet addiction is affecting the malleable brains of people, especially those considered clinically addicted to the Internet. The effects visible in the brain are similar to dementia as unused synapses are eliminated and stress is increased.
Digital Dementia (03:54)
Epidemiologist Dr. David Snowdon conducted a study on over 600 nuns that involved examining their brains after death. The results suggest that highly educated people can live healthy, long lives without exhibiting signs of dementia even if Alzheimer’s is present in their brains after death.
Education and Brain Health (02:53)
Dementia is an indicator that the ways people live their lives has an effect on the brain. Physical exercise and as mental occupation are factors vital to remaining healthy into old age. A study of nuns found that education level is directly correlated to dementia risk.
Information vs. Knowledge (02:43)
Experts explain the differences between computers and brains. A baseline of knowledge, comprehension, and understanding is vital to learn new things, and the more one already knows, the easier and better one tends to learn.
Counteracting Over Digitalization (04:16)
The brain’s malleability means that balancing activities, such as those that are hands-on and require different synapses, and can create positive effects. Young people should still be expected to learn mathematics and foreign languages, as these concentration skills are vital to brain development and mental advancement.
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