Today for anybody not a secret that the Internet has changed not only our society, but also to some extent each of us. According to a recently published study in the journal World Psychiatry, the time spent on the Internet reduces the ability to focus on one task at a time. This means that we no longer keep the facts in memory. Turns out not only our lives are forever changed through access to an endless amount of information, but the way the brain works. In the study, researchers from the UK, USA and Australia came to some amazing conclusions. Thus, the influence of the world wide web on the brain is reflected in three areas: attention, memory and social interaction.
As reported by one of the study’s authors Professor Jerome Sarris edition of Medical News Today, the online world can have far-reaching consequences. However, before delving into a number of changes that occurred with the advent of the Internet, you should not forget that the Internet was “inevitable, ubiquitous and is highly functional aspect of modern life.” The results of the study revealed that people who regularly perform large and varied number of tasks on the Internet, along the way checking your social networking profiles or updating streaming services struggling to focus on one task.
According to researchers, the bombardment of stimuli through the Internet and the resulting divided attention is a number of problems. The authors do not rule out that gradually changing as the structure and functioning of the brain, the Internet has the potential to change our social structure. So, the constant time in the Internet from smartphones and laptops means that many of us have developed “checking” behaviors — when a user regularly looking at your phone, but only for short periods of time. This unlimited flow of requests and notifications from the Internet motivates us to a constant division of attention, which in turn may reduce our ability to maintain concentration on a single task.
The Internet is changing our memory and social interaction
Another aspect analysed in the study is memory and our dependence on the Internet as a source for information. People are less likely to remember the information and more dependent on the Internet, but the researchers suggested that it can help to “liberate” the intellectual power that can be used for more ambitious undertakings than was possible. Finally, the paper discusses the differences between online and offline social interaction: while social networks like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram people interact with a large number of users, number of friends in real life, each of us practically have not changed.
Thus, with the advent of the Internet, we changed ourselves and the way we communicate with other people. In this new world, which is not predicted by science fiction, one of the most important skills is the ability to check information and to think critically. Perhaps we also need to train your memory and remember the really important and valuable information, not to look for it in search engines.