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The Internet Alters Your Brain

Interesting news out of California today: surfing the Internet may alter your brain.

Nerds Studies show that Internet searching and text messaging have made brains more adept at filtering information and making snap decisions. Gary Small, a neuroscientist at UCLA who specializes in brain function, argues that this is an evolutionary change that will put the tech-savvy at the top of the new social order [score!].

But of course, there's a downside: the same behaviors that have accelerated learning have also led to a dramatic rise in Attention Deficit Disorder. The tech-savvy generation is always scanning for the next bit of new information which, according to Small, can create stress and even damage neural networks.

So, enjoy Facebook and Twitter, but be sure to unplug and socialize in person once in awhile!

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