Scrambled and fried – this is your brain on the Internet

What is happening to our brains? There is much being written on how the digital revolution is changing our brains. I began meditating about a year and-a-half ago and upped the ante by becoming acquainted with Buddhist meditation practices. One of the phrases the Lama used was “rewiring” our brains.

NEMT CEO Linda Sullivan

Clearly our brains are being rewired without our thinking about it or I suspect in most cases not even being aware of it I read the following recently on Huffington Post in an article titled ‘This Is How The Internet Is Rewiring Your Brain.’

“In his provocative 2010 book, “The Shallows: What The Internet Is Doing To Our Brain,” author Nicholas Carr wrote, “The Internet is an interruption system. It seizes our attention only to scramble it.”

I read another interesting tidbit a couple years ago that said the sound of notification of an incoming text creates a Pavlovian response in our brains. The addiction component of this phenomenon is self-evident. I am told that I live with my phone glued to my hand. It is an indispensable tool when work communication is primarily phone and email contact. Not to mention Sudoku.

This is worth thinking about. The rewiring of our brains without us bringing self-awareness to it can be potentially dangerous. We have a huge gift in new technologies: efficiencies, the world at our finger tips, and improved safety, to name just a few. Let’s bring self-awareness to this process and make it only a positive and not a negative.

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One Response to Scrambled and fried – this is your brain on the Internet

  1. Jason McDowell says:

    Great blog, Linda! The internet, social media and smart phone have certainly re-shaped human behavior.
    take care,
    Jason

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