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Too Much Computer Time Can Be Bad For Your Brain

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The brain is elastic—it can change and grow. This is not breaking news. In fact, it’s the scientific foundation on which Oxford Learning’s instruction model is based. Poor learning skills can be unlearned, and new and improved learning abilities can replace them.

This is known as neuroplasticity. Generally, it’s a good thing.

However, a recent article in the New York Times showed how, thanks to our rampant use of technology, scientists are now concerned that neuroplasticity can work against us to create bad learning habits.

According to the article, our brains can become addicted to the fast-paced, instantaneous give-and-take of the high-speed, connected, online world . This can become a problem where learning is concerned. It can cause issues in the parts of the brain that deal with deep thought, introspection, and reasoning.

The article calls this “fractured thinking.” It also warns that multitasking, which comes part and parcel with Internet use, can lead to difficulties in filtering out irrelevant information.

As you can imagine, this can be problematic in an educational setting.

The article also touches on many other issues that arise from heavy computer usage, such as disconnection from family, compulsive behaviours, and loss of empathy.

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