How much of technology forms part of your daily routine ? Research at UCLA points to increased brain activity from technology – in this case using search engines.
An excerpt from TechNewsWorld:
Web search novices also showed increased activity, but to a lesser extent than their more technologically savvy counterparts.
“The other part of the study we are analyzing the data on now is that when we took the computer naive people and gave them a chance to practice searching the Internet, within a week their brains started looking like the people who had done it for years,” Small explained.
Locating the relevant piece of information from the barrage of results returned by a search engine can be an intensive mental activity. This is owing to the fact that results returned by search engines seldom the most desired and a lot more tweaking, query refining and browsing is required to locate the exact information.
It would take many more years before a conclusive research can be done on the effect of technology on mental development. But it would suffice to say that a small dose of technology could do a lot of good.