Is the internet bad for our brains?
Is it affecting our ability to remember things, form meaningful relationships, or make decisions?
How is it beneficial? Isn't having so much information at our fingertips a good thing?
I think it's important to remember that in science, answers to questions like these are rarely straightforward. Without a doubt the time we spend online changes our brains, but then again, so does everything we do.
Our brains are highly plastic, meaning that external experience shapes our neural structure and function. But exactly how the Internet induces those changes is still something of a mystery.
By Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains