Net Surfing For Brain Development

Want to be smarter? Just keep doing what you're doing.


(Reading a book [L] vs. surfing the web [R])

UCLA researchers have discovered that searching the web actually stimulates the brain centers that control decision-making and complex reasoning. And here I just thought I had a short attention span.

Lead researcher Professor Gary Small said: "The study results are encouraging, that emerging computerized technologies may have physiological effects and potential benefits for middle-aged and older adults.

"Internet searching engages complicated brain activity, which may help exercise and improve brain function."

The study yields no information about how mindlessly searching the web at all hours of the day and night improves the brains of younger people. But for those of us who watched classic Trek in the sixties, this is great news.

It turns out I've been wasting my time with that alien teaching machine I got on eBay.


(McCoy goes to super advanced alien med school)

From BBC: Internet use is good for the brain.

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