A study performed at UCLA was presented at the Society for Neurosscience in Chicago recently, and you’ll be happy to know it fully supports the hours you spend online reading the best webcomics, pretending to work, and generally making mayhem.
The study took a look at older internet users aged 55 to 78, and in the relatively-short period of 7 days, the 24-person test group increased their brain function and change their brain activity patterns. From the study via EgoTV:
“The first scan of participants with little Internet experience showed brain activity in the regions controlling language, reading, memory and visual abilities. The second brain scan of these participants, conducted after the home practice searches, demonstrated activation of these same regions, but there was also activity in the middle frontal gyrus and inferior frontal gyrus – areas of the brain known to be important in working memory and decision-making.
Thus, after Internet training at home, participants with minimal online experience displayed brain activation patterns very similar to those seen in the group of savvy Internet users.”
Wow. So that pretty much goes against everything we’ve ever learned on or about the internet since Al Gore invented it. UCLA: we see your neuorological study and raise you a cringe-worthy faceplant.