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Online Exposure Has Significant Impact On Neuroplasticity, Says New Research

Scientists are researching the effects of technology on individual brains. They wish to know the effect of the Internet on brains. Five university research teams from USA, UK, and Australia have stated that neuroplasticity could have a significant influence on human brains. Young adults and children are most affected since they still have developing brains. WHO recommends not more than one hour of screen time for kids less than five years of age.

Capacity for concentration and attention, social cognition and memory processes were the areas under review. By analyzing previous findings, this team could find results in each sector. Harvard, WSY, Oxford and Manchester University researchers took part, with findings published in World Psychiatry journal. Digital multitasking abilities did not enhance multitasking abilities in the real world and increased distraction-proneness. Joseph Firth of NICM HRI stated that notifications and prompts from Internet caused divided attention to become the norm.

Memory studies found that humans are now able to concentrate on ambitious tasks since memorizing facts wasn’t required anymore. Spatial memory was also impacted since most people now check online for navigating routes.

Social interaction studies showed real-life interactions and online interactions to be processed similarly. However, youngsters were susceptible to rejection feelings and peer pressure that arose from social media interactions. Links between mental health conditions and internet usage weren’t found but those with mental health issues could be helped via social media. Older adults who feel isolated, however, could be positively affected by social media.

However, all research done so far has to be backed up by further studies. Dr. Torous of HMS stated that much remains to be learned about digital world impact on brain health. While benefits were found, risks followed as well. He believed that Internet usage could alter brain structure & functioning along with societal social fabric.

Professor Sarris advises reducing online multitasking, more real-world engagement and practicing mindfulness. Internet access could be restricted among children via various apps. Talking to them about their exploitation, cyber-bullying episodes or addictive behaviors could reduce adverse outcomes as well, he added.

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